Srinagar, April 29
Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, received rain since early this morning, resulting in dip in the day temperature though mercury witnessed some improvement during the night due to overcast skies.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain or thundershowers will occur at most places during the next 24 hours in Kashmir. He said weather will remain wet during the next subsequent five days, resulting in further dip in the temperature. World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received intermittent rain since late yesterday night, resulting in dip in the maximum and minimum temperatures. Against 2.8 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Gulmarg was 1 degree, which is 3 notches below normal. After witnessing some improvement in the night temperature, people woke up to rainy morning in Srinagar, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum temperature. People could be seen wearing warm and woolen clothes to evade chill weather conditions due to rain coupled with ice cold winds. However, the mercury in the summer capital surged a degree from yesterday during the night due to overcast conditions and settled at 9.3 degree, which is slightly above normal. Meanwhile, the water level in world famous Dal Lake was above normal inundating a number of localities while there was no threat of any flood though water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has recorded increase due to fresh rain since early this morning.
The night temperature at Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag also witnessed some improvement and settled at 7.4 degree, 8.9 degree and 7.5 degree respectively. The mercury at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, witnessed an improvement of 3 degree from yesterday and settled at 5.2 degree though chill returned during the day due to rain. The night temperature at border town of Kargil surged about a degree from yesterday and settled at 4.3 degree while the mercury plunged in Leh and settled at 2.1 degree, against 2.8 degree.