Night chill further intensifies, day temp remain above normal in Kashmir

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/30/2017 4:14:20 PM

Srinagar, Dec 30: Night chill further intensified as minimum temperature witnessed a drop while day mercury remained above normal in the Kashmir valley, where sun was again out on Saturday though the intensity of heat was low.

Leh and Kargil in Ladakh remained coldest at minus 13.8 degree Celsius and minus 11.2 degree C in the region while famous ski resort of Gulmarg was coldest in the Valley at minus 6.6 degree C.

Dry and cold weather will continue over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, a Met department spokesman told UNI this afternoon.
He said the minimum temperature will drop further though people will continue to enjoy above normal temperature during the day.

Gulmarg, where those associated with tourism, are gearing up to receive guests on the New Year Eve,
recorded further drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 6.6 degree against yesterdays
minus 5.4 degree C when minus 6.2 degree C is being considered normal during this period of winter. All
the ski slopes are under several feet of white power, ready to receive skiers and other adventure lovers.

Pahalgam, which is serving as base camp for holy Amarnath cave shrine in summer, also recorded drop
in the night temperature. Against yesterday's minus 5.4 degree minimum temperature, it was minus 5.5
degree, slightly above normal. However, the water level in river Lidder passing through Pahalgam
remained low as snow on heights had frozen.

Frontier district of Kupwara, where troops remained deployed on Line of Control (LoC) to foil any
infiltration attempt despite biting cold, the mercury also recorded drop. Against yesterday's minus 3.5
degree C minimum temperature, it was minus 4.1 degree C at Kupwara.

Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the minimum temperature dropped and settled at minus 3 degree C while Kokernag it was minus 0.4 degree C.

People continued to enjoy sun though icy cold winds also continued during the day in summer capital, Srinagar, where minimum temperature witnessed a further drop. Against yesterday's minus 2.8 degree C, the minimum temperature at Srinagar was minus 3.5 degree C, more than two degree below normal. The sky would be mainly clear with haze and the maximum temperature would be around 13 degree, about five notches above normal while the minimum temperature minus 3 degree C in the city during the next 24 hours.

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