With the onset of spring, weather witnesses major improvement in Kashmir
Srinagar: With the onset of spring, the weather has witnesses major improvement in Kashmir valley, where people throng Mughal and other gardens though authorities are yet to declare them open.
People could be seen visiting Asia’s largest Tulip garden on the foot of Zabarwan hills overlooking Dal Lake, but the gates remained closed as it will be officially declared open on April 1.
It was bright sunshine and people, mostly youngsters, could be seen in summer cloths in Srinagar.
However, people continued to shiver in border town of Kargil, which was the coldest place in the region at minus 5.4 degree. Kargil , was the only place in the region with below freezing point night temperature.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in the Jammu and Kashmir.
The night temperature in Leh witnessed considerable improvement of over 5 degree from yesterday and settled at 2.8 degree.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, also witnessed improvement in night temperature and the mercury settled above normal. Against 0.4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Gulmarg, where ski slopes are still under several feet of snow, was 1.5 degree.
Srinagar, the summer capital, where authorities are gearing up for bypolls on April 9 in Lok Sabha seat, people woke up to a pleasant Sunday due to sunshine. Against 6.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 6.1 degree, which is a notch above normal.
Due to above normal mercury, construction work has also been started in the city, where majority roads remained damaged as government has yet to undertake repair work.
However, the mercury in Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, dipped and settled at 4 degree, against 4.2 degree recorded yesterday.
Another tourist resort of Kokernag also witnessed a dip in the night temperature after mercury plunged and settled at 6.2 degree, against 6.5 degree recorded yesterday.
Meanwhile, world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, witnessed some improvement in the night temperature and settled a degree above normal. Against 0.6 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was 1 degree. The night temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir also surged and settled at 4.8 degree, against 3.3 degree recorded yesterday.