Srinagar, Feb 12 : Chilly weather conditions have intensified due to overcast conditions in Kashmir Valley, where light to moderate rain and snow is predicted at most places during the next 36 hours under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. However, there was major improvement in the night temperature across the Valley, where mercury settled several degrees above normal due to cloudy skies.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light to moderate rain or snow would occur during the next 36 hours in theValley under the influence of the WD, which originated from Arabian Sea. However, he said the weather will again turn dry from Friday onwards though that will result in dip in the minimum temperature.
There were intense chilly weather conditions due to cloudy skies at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which received fresh snowfall on Tuesday. But, the night temperature improved and settled at minus 6 degree, which is several degrees above normal. “Despite chilly weather conditions in Gulmarg, the tourists are out on ski slopes, which are already covered under several feet of snow, enjoying different activities," a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
The night temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, improved further and settled above freezing point. Against minus 0.2 degree recorded on Tuesday, the night temperature in the city was 1.4 degree, which is about 3 degrees above normal. However, people woke up to a chilly Wednesday morning in the city, where overcast conditions continued throughout the day. People could be seen wearing jackets, sweaters and pheran (traditional Kashmiri cloak), to evade chilly weather conditions in the city.
The skies at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, remained cloudy throughout the day on Wednesday, resulting in dip in the day temperature. But, the night temperature at the health resort improved about 5 degrees from Tuesday and settled at minus 0.6 degree, which is several degrees above normal. Due to overcast night conduction, the mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag also improved and settled at 1 degree, minus 0.6 degree and minus 0.1 degree, respectively. (UNI)