No respite from cold in Leh, mercury above normal in Kashmir

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Feb 26: There was no respite from the bone-chilling weather conditions in Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region, where water bodies remained frozen, while Kashmir valley witnessed further improvement as mercury remained above normal.

A Met department spokesperson said the weather will remain dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 72 hours though a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), originating from Arabian sea is approaching the region.

People continued to shiver and water bodies remained frozen in Leh and Kargil though there was slight improvement in the minimum temperature.

At Leh, the minimum temperature was minus 9.4 degree Celsius against yesterday’s minus 10.4 degree while at Kargil, it was minus 8.1 degree against yesterday’s minus 8.3 degree.

People are being supplied water through tankers while majority residents, particularly in far-flung and remote areas, are using spring water which remains cold in summer and warm in winter.

The maximum temperature at Leh was 9.9 degree while at Kargil, it was 7 degree yesterday.

The Met spokesman said the minimum temperature at Leh will further drop and is likely to settle at minus 10 while the maximum could be 10 degree during the next 24 hours.        In the Kashmir valley there was further improvement in the mercury which has advanced the farming season.

However, it was a cause of concern as snow on hills could melt early very fast.

The world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam  was coldest in the valley at minus 2.1 degree temperature which still was a notch above normal.

At Gulmarg, the famed ski resort in north Kashmir, the minimum temperature witnessed surge and settled at 0.2 degree, five degree above normal    Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded above normal minimum temperature.

However, Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minus 0.8 degree, a notch below normal

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