Srinagar, Apr 18: Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley got respite from chilly weather conditions on Sunday afternoon as bright sunshine greeted people after two days of rain and snow.
Meanwhile, the night temperature improved at most places in the valley, where another spell of rain and snow is predicted under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD) which is expected to hit the region on Tuesday.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at most places in the Kashmir valley during the next 24 hours. “The weather will remain dry on Monday,” he said.
However, he said a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, would hit the region on Tuesday. “Under the influence of this WD, another spell of wet weather is predicted in the valley for three days from Tuesday,” he added.
Incessant overnight rain lashed the summer capital, Srinagar, where the night temperature improved slightly though remained below normal. The people in the city woke up to a chilly and rainy Sunday morning. However, as the day progressed, the sun came out from behind the clouds in the afternoon, resulting in some improvement in the maximum temperature, which remained several degrees below normal. The vehicular and pedestrian movement was badly affected in the morning due to water-logging on many roads in the city, where people could be seen wearing warm clothes, including woollens and jackets, to evade chilly weather conditions.
The spokesperson said skies will be mainly clear to partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 15 degrees and 6 degrees, respectively.
After witnessed fresh snowfall on Saturday, the sun played hide and seek, much to the delight of tourists at the world-famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which is about 55 km from here in north Kashmir. Due to light snow and rain, the mercury at the ski resort dipped marginally and settled at 0.4 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal. Gulmarg, where the upper reaches are still covered under several feet of snow, has witnessed a dip in the number of footfall of tourist due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. “The arrival of tourists has witnessed a steep decline after witnessing huge influx of visitors in the ski resort. Many booking for later this month have been cancelled due to rise in COVID-19 cases,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
However, he said tourists, who are arriving in the ski resort, are being tested for COVID-19 at Tangmarg.
People in south Kashmir, including the tourist resort of Pahalgam, had a sigh of relief after there was a slight improvement in the weather conditions as the sun played hide and seek. The night temperature at Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped about a degree from Saturday and settled at 4.7 degree, which is over a degree above normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag during the night settled at 6.6 degrees, 5.7 degrees and 5.1 degrees, respectively.