|Sunny day in Kashmir, rain likely on Tuesday|
Srinagar, Feb 10
Sun shone bright in Kashmir valley on Monday, taking the mercury several notches above the normal and giving the residents the perfect opportunity to come out in the open and enjoy the pleasant weather.
However, rain and snow are likely to play on spoilsport on Tuesday, with a fresh Western Disturbance, originating from the Arabian Sea and approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, expected to hit the Paradise on Earth on Tuesday.
Even though there was slight improvement in the night temperature across the valley, it was still several degrees below the freezing point.
A Met department spokesperson told that weather is expected to remain dry during the next 24 hours in the valley.
''Under the influence of this WD, which will gain movement on Wednesday, light to moderate snow could occur at some places in J&K for three days, starting on February 12,'' he added.
Despite improvement of about a degree in night temperature at the world-famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the valley.
Against minus 10.4 degree Celsius recorded on Sunday, the night temperature in the health resort was minus 9.4 degrees on Monday.
Night temperature at the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, also improved marginal improvement from Sunday and settled at minus 9 degrees.
''After witnessing further dip in the night temperature, the weather showed further improvement during the day time, after Sun rose in Gulmarg, which is famous for its ski slopes and quality of snow. Tourists, including foreigners, were out on ski slopes, enjoying different activities,'' a hotelier told UNI.
The mercury during the night at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag improved and settled at minus 5.5 degrees, minus 5.7 degrees and minus 3.2 degrees, respectively.
Meanwhile, there was still no respite for people from chilly weather conditions in Ladakh, where all water-bodies, including lakes and streams, remained frozen due to several degrees' below freezing point temperature.
People in the newly-created Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh are mostly dependent on hot water springs during winter. The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 22.8 degrees, followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 14.8 degrees.