Srinagar, Feb 6: The Sun was out on Saturday turning the weather pleasant though cold winds also continued in the Kashmir valley, where world famous ski resort of Gulmarg continued to freeze at minus 10.4 degree minimum temperature.
A Met department spokesman on said Saturday that weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours over Jammu and Kashmir. There would be no significant change in the weather during the subsequent two days, he said.
After witnessing harshest 40-day-long Chilai Kalan, which ended on January 30, when heavy snowfall coupled with severe cold conditions break over three decade old record, people had so far a sigh of relief during the first week of 20-day-long Chilai Khurd. This will follow 10-day-long Chilai Bacha before the onset of Spring.
If water piple and water bodies were frozen during Chilai Kalan resulting in water-shortage, situation is almost normal now as water de-freezes though maximum temperature remained below normal.
The Sun was out this morning as people woke up in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar where snow on roof tops and both sides of roads started melting . However, people were still seen wearing warm and woolen cloths as cold winds also continued.
Barring few places, the minimum temperature was near or above normal. However, famed ski resort of Gulmarg recorded further drop and settled at minus 10.6 degree minimum temperature which was three notches below normal. The maximum temperature there on Friday was minus 2 degree, 3.4 degree below normal. However, despite biting cold conditions, hundreds of skiers, tourists and adventure lovers from different parts of the country and locals are visiting the resort daily.
After recording 2.3 degree above normal minimum temperature on Friday, the mercury witnessed drop again and settled at minus 6.3 degree which slightly below normal in famed health resort of Pahalgam. The water level in water bodies, including river Lidder passing through Pahalgam, was still very low as snow on mountains remained frozen.
The people were seen basking in the sun in the parks and open fields in Srinagar, where the minimum temperature witnessed slight drop though it was still above normal. Against yesterdays one degree minimum temperature , it was 0.6 degree, one notch above normal as minus 0.4 degree is considered normal during this period of the winter.
The Met spokesman said the sky would be clear to partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 10 degree and 00 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in Srinagar.