Srinagar, January 1
The mercury witnessed further drop on the first day of 2017 in Kashmir valley, where dry and chill weather will continue during the next 24 hours.
However, a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is approaching the region which could end the dry spell as there could be isolated rain or snow from January 3 in Kashmir valley, where mercury remained below freezing point.
A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that weather will remain dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. However, during the subsequent 48 hours there could be isolated to scattered rain or snow in the state.
Leh in Ladakh region witnessed considerable improvement in night temperature, though it was still the coldest place in the region. Against minus 11.5 degree recorded yesterday, the temperature witnessed a surge and settled at minus 7 degree.
Meanwhile, people woke up to chilly morning due to cloudy skies, coupled with ice cold winds in the summer capital, Srinagar, where the mercury dipped and settled at minus 4.3 degree, against minus 3.8 degree. The temperature was over two degree below normal. The coldest night temperature recorded in the summer capital was on December 20, when mercury settled minus 6.5 degrees.
But, despite chilly weather conditions, the market in the heart of the city was abuzz with shoppers as hundreds of vendors have put up their stalls at famous Sunday market.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, which witnessed heavy rushed of locals on New Year eve, also recorded a dip on the last night of 2016. Against minus 3.3 degree recorded yesterday, the temperature was minus 4.3 degree, which is still two degree above normal.
The night temperature in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which also remained abuzz on New Year eve, also witnessed a dip in the night temperature as mercury plunged and settled at minus 3.2 degree, against minus 1.6 degree recorded yesterday. But, the night temperature was still 4 degree above normal.
Kupwara in north Kashmir was the coldest in the valley after the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 4.8, three notches below normal.
Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, witnessed some improvement in night temperature after mercury surged and settled at 2.8 degree, against minus 3.2 degree witnessed yesterday.