|Early Times Report|
SRINAGAR, Oct, 26: Weather turned pleasant on Monday after a cold night due to snowfall on upper heights, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, in the Kashmir valley, where summer capital, Srinagar, recorded 0.6 degree minimum temperatures, coldest so far. However, a Met department spokesman said the weather will remain dry in the valley during the next one week. After witnessing light snowfall on upper reaches, the minimum temperature recorded drop in the Kashmir valley due to icy cold winds and cloudy sky in the plains. Gulmarg, the famed skiing resort in north Kashmir witnessed snowfall on Sunday afternoon resulting in cold. However, the upper reaches, including Seven Springs, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) received few inches of snowfall. Tree tops and fields had turned white there much to the delight of tourists, mostly locals. However, a hotel owner told UNI that sun came out from behind the clouds today melting snow at Gulmarg, where the minimum temperature today was minus 1.5 degree, a notch below normal while the maximum temperature on Sunday was 10 degree which was 3.2 degree below normal. Weather also turned pleasant in Srinagar, where people could be seen basking in the sunshine in the parks and other open places after wearing warm clothes on Sunday due to chilly winds. Tourist places, particularly Mughal garden on the bank of Dal Lake witnessed tourist rush today.