Weather improves in J & K

SRINAGAR : Weather has improved though mercury remained at sub-zero in the Kashmir valley, where a Western Disturbance (WD) could hit the region during the next 24 hours.

A Met department spokesperson said a WD, originating from Arabian sea is entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan during the next 24 hours, which could cause rain or snow.

There would be no major change in the weather conditions during subsequent four days, including on December 14 when polling will be held in 16 Assembly constituencies, spread over Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian.   However, the minimum temperature, which was coldest in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar yesterday, has witnessed some improvement because of partly cloudy weather during the night.

In summer capital Srinagar, where political parties are organising poll rallies to woo voters, the minimum temperature was minus 2.9 degree, two degree below normal.     However, it was more than a notch warmer then yesterday when it was minus 4.4 degree, coldest of the season so far.   Famed health resort of Pahalgam also witnessed considerable improvement in the night temperature. Against yesterday’s minus 6.3 degree also coldest of the season, it was minus 3.2 degree, which was 0.8 degree above normal.   There was also a notch improvement in the minimum temperature at Gulmarg, world famous ski resort in north Kashmir. It was minus 4.3 degree against yesterday’s minus 5.5 degree, also the coldest so far.   Qazigund, Kokernag and Kupwara also witnessed improvement but the temperature remained below normal.   There was considerable improvement in the minimum temperature at Leh where it was minus 9.1 degree against yesterday’s minus 14.4 degree while at the border district of Kargil it was minus 12.5 degree against yesterday’s minus 13.8 degree.

(AGENCIES)

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