Night temperature improves in Kashmir

Night temperature improved several notches at most places due to an overcast sky in the Kashmir Valley on Friday amid a Meteorological Department forecast of dry weather to continue over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, officials said.

However, there was no let up in cold conditions that continued to prevail in the Valley coupled with fog and haze on Friday.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius on Friday against minus 2.1 degrees Celsius the previous night. The temperature was 0.7 degrees above normal during this period of the season.

However, the day temperature also plunged to a few notches but was still 0.6 degrees above normal against 11.4 degrees Celsius recorded on Friday.

Thick fog coupled with haze engulfed the Dal Lake, Boulevard road, Nishat, Shalimar and other major parts of the city, disrupting normal activities.

The night temperature improved at Gulmarg in north Kashmir and settled at minus 0.8 degrees Celsius on Friday against minus 1.0 degree Celsius recorded the previous night.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir continued to remain the coldest place in the Kashmir Valley. However the minimum temperature showed a considerable improvement due to overcast sky and recorded a low of minus 1.4 degree Celsius on Friday against minus 3.8 degrees recorded on Thursday.

Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway had a low of minus 0.5 degree Celsius, Kukernag 1.3 and Kupwara recorded a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius on Friday.