With a clear overnight sky, minimum temperatures dropped across most places in Kashmir even as the weather department on Friday predicted rain and snow in some parts of the Valley from Saturday, owing to a likely effect of Western Disturbance here.
Srinagar and most other parts of Kashmir witnessed dry weather after five days of intermittent rains and snowfall, with the minimum temperature across the division, including Ladakh region, appreciating, even as the MeT Department predicted a fresh western disturbance early next week.
There was some relief from intense cold for the residents of Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir on Sunday as the minimum temperatures rose to stay above the freezing point - a day before there are chances of widespread rainfall and snow.
The residents in Leh town of the frontier Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir experienced huge relief from the intense cold wave as the minimum temperatures rose by ten degrees there even as the mercury continued to hover around the freezing point elsewhere in the division.
There was no major relief from cold wave in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, as the minimum temperatures continued to remain below the freezing point, even as the MeT Department here predicted widespread rains or snow over the next week.
Kargil in frontier region of Ladakh continued to be the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir even though the minimum temperature there appreciated by over a degree on Wednesday with the MeT Department predicting dry weather in the state in the coming days.
Residents of Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, experienced slight respite from the intense cold wave as the minimum temperature appreciated, with the MeT department predicting isolated to scattered rains or snow on Saturday night.
The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, dropped as cold wave tightened its grip with the mercury in Kargil plunging 21 degrees below the freezing point to register the coldest night of the season.
Rains lashed Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after three days of intermittent snowfall even as the minimum temperatures went down at all places except the summer capital Srinagar with the MeT department predicting mainly dry weather in the coming days.
In another landmark for indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the aircraft was successfully started thrice after an overnight soak in the extreme cold of Ladakh, where the temperature dropped to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
The residents of Ladakh region experienced relief from intense cold conditions as the mercury rose by around seven degrees there, even as the MeT department said a fresh western disturbance would affect Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
Kargil, in the frontier Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as the minimum temperature there plummeted by nearly six degrees to minus 17 degrees Celsius even as the cold wave tightened its grip in the state.
Winter tightened its grip across north India on Friday as rains continued in several areas of the region and snowfall took place in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, where Shimla recorded the season's coldest night at minus 2 degrees Celsius.
With minimum temperature increasing by several degrees at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, there was some respite from cold here even as dark clouds engulfed the Valley with MeT department predicting rains or snow over the next three days.