Weather turns pleasant in Kashmir


Srinagar, Mar 18: People continued to enjoy a summery weather due to sunshine though the minimum temperature witnessed further dip due to clear skies in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Leh was the coldest place in the region at minus 7.9 degree Celsius, followed by world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where mercury settled at minus 5 degree C.
A Met department spokesperson said that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in the state.
There will be no change in the weather during subsequent 48 hours, he said.
The night temperature at Leh witnessed a dip of about 5 notches from yesterday and settled at minus 7.9 degree C.
He said sky will be mainly clear during the next 24 hours at Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 8 degree C and minus 5 degree C.
However, mercury at Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, remained constant since yesterday at minus 5 degree C, which is 2 notches below normal.
“From the past two days, tourists are enjoying a summer-like weather in this ski resort during the day due to sunshine. Tourists, besides skiers and other adventure lovers, stay out on the snowbound slopes since early morning till late in the night,” a hotelier from Gulmarg told UNI over the phone.
After witnessing a dip in the night temperature due to open sky, people woke up to yet another sunny morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. As the day progressed, the temperature improved further. The night temperature in the summer capital dipped about 3 degrees from yesterday and settled at 1.9 degree C, which is about 3 notches below normal. Yesterday, the temperature during the day in Srinagar was 2 degree above normal.
A Met spokesman said sky will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours at Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 15 degree C and 5 degree C.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the Kashmir Valley, on the 300-km-long national highway, also dipped and settled at 0.8 degree C, against 2.4 degree C recorded yesterday.
Meanwhile, health resort of Pahalgam, which is about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, witnessed a dip of about 2 degree from yesterday in the night temperature. The mercury at Pahalgam settled at minus 3.8 degree C.
The mercury at tourist resort of Kokernag in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north Kashmir also dipped during the night due to open skies. Against 3.5 degree C and 2.7 degree C recorded yesterday, the night temperatures at Kokernag and Kupwara settled at 1.7 degree C.