Weather improves, but Kashmir continues to freeze; Gulmarg records minus 10 degree C


Srinagar: Even as weather showed signs of improvement on Friday in both the Union Territories of J&K and a Ladakh, life continued to remain disrupted with movement of vehicular traffic suspended on many roads including the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for the fifth day.

Air traffic from the Srinagar international airport was restored in on Thursday and dozens of tourists stranded in the valley were flown from there in different flights.

Weather office has forecast mainly dry weather during the next seven days.

Meanwhile, Kashmir valley too recorded further fall in its night temperature, with Gulmarg freezing at minus 10 degree C.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.4 degree C on Thursday night against minus 0.8 degree C on the previous night. Similarly, temperature fell down ti minus 3.3 degree C in Pahalgam from 2.5 °C on the earlier night. 

In Qazigund, the mercury settled at minus 1.8 degree C, Kupwara (minus 1.7 degree C) and Kokernag (minus 1.6 degree C).

Kashmir is in the middle 49-day long Chillai-Kalan (severest winter days) which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31.

Leh town of Ladakh had minus 5.1 degree C, Kargil minus 14.2 degree C and Drass minus 12.2 degree C as the night’s lowest temperature.

Jammu city had recorded minimum temperature as

11.8 degree C, Katra 9.8 degree C, Batote 1.6 degree C, Banihal 0.2 degree C and Bhaderwah minus 0.3 degree C..