Srinagar: The maximum temperature has witnessed considerable dip owing to cloudy skies in Kashmir valley, where moderate to heavy rain or snow in predicted under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) from Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the mercury during the night also dipped though it settled above normal at majority of the places in the valley. The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 15.2 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 10.2 degree.
A Met department spokesperson here this evening said that a fresh WD has hit Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining area and most likely will affect the state from Sunday night to Tuesday. “Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain or snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and moderate snowfall in Ladakh, mainly Kargil district,” he said.
He said higher reaches of Kashmir and Jammu most likely to receive moderate to heavy rain or snow. This, he said may lead to disruption of surface transportation mainly Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
After witnessing a dip of about 2 degree from Saturday, people woke up to a sunny Sunday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed the maximum temperature dipped owing to cloudy skies coupled with ice cold winds. Against zero degree recorded on Saturday, the night temperature dipped and settled at minus 1.8 degree. However, the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, improved a degree from Saturday in the night temperature, which settled at minus 5 degree. The mercury at the ski resort settled a degree above normal.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at minus 2.8 degree, 0.5 degree and minus 1.5 degree, respectively.
World famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped and settled at minus 4.4 degree, against minus 3 degree recorded on Saturday.