|Sunny day in Srinagar after 2 days of rain, snow in Kashmir|
|Early Times Report|
SRINAGAR, Feb 21: After witnessing rain and snow during the last two days, there was some respite from chilly weather conditions as bright sunshine greeted people in the afternoon though ice-cold winds continued in Kashmir valley.
The night temperature dipped, however, settled above freezing point across Kashmir valley, barring in world famous ski rest of Gulmarg and tourist resort of Pahalgam.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain or snow could occur at isolated places during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley. However, he said the weather will turn dry from Sunday onwards.
Gulmarg, which received fresh snowfall on Thursday, was the coldest place in the valley after the mercury dipped about 4 degree and settled at minus 8 degree. The tourists at the resort, which is known for its ski slopes and the quality of snow, woke up to a chilly Friday morning due to cloudy skies. However, as the day progressed sun came out from behind the clouds, resulting in improvement in some maximum temperature.
The night temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, dipped about a degree from Thursday though it still settled several degrees above freezing point. Against 3.6 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 2.4 degree, which is over a degree above normal. The weather of the city in the morning was chilly due to slight overcast conditions. However, as the day progressed, bright sunshine greeted people in Srinagar city, resulting in improvement in the maximum temperature.
The spokesperson said that skies will be partly to mostly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 10 degree and 2 degree, respectively.
The mercury at Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped and settled at minus 3.8 degree, against minus 0.4 degree recorded on Thursday.