With Kashmir witnessing a bright sunny day on Tuesday, the local Meteorological Department has predicted more such days in the Valley "as no low pressure system is developing over the region."
"For next five days, Kashmir will witness bright sunny days," said Director of MeT department, Sonam Lotus.
He said no low pressure system is developing over the Valley for now. "Sunny days are a result of this and the fact that atmosphere is stable," he said. "Therefore, we expect prevailing weather conditions to continue for next five days."
Lotus said this year, the winter months received more rainfall than the previous year (so far). "Last year, most of snowfall was received in February itself," he told Greater Kashmir.
MeT officials said though there has been gradual increase in day temperature, there has been a decrease in night temperature consequently.
"The dip in night temperatures is because of clear skies. There will be further drop," a MeT official said. "The mercury settled below the freezing point at most places during the night."
He said Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius, down by nearly two notches from previous night's zero degrees Celsius.
He said the ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir at a low of minus 8 degrees Celsius against the previous nights minus 7.2 degrees Celsius. He said Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, dropped from 1.6 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius, he said.
Leh in Ladakh region registered a low of minus 13.5 degrees Celsius—same as the previous night, he said.
Kargil was another coldest place in J&K, with the night temperature settling at minus 14 degrees Celsius against the previous night's minus 13.4 degrees Celsius.