Nights get colder in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 18 (UNI) Nights have started getting colder in Kashmir with every passing day as the minimum temperature dropped to minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, the coldest of the season so far.

However, the dry spell continued in the Valley, resulting in the significant decrease in the water level in River Jhelum and Dal, Wullar, Manasbal and other lakes.

The Kashmir valley had received scant or even no rainfall for the past two-three months.

Absence of western disturbances and clear sky during day and night in Kashmir has resulted the drop of temperatures of night weather officials here said.

The region had not witnessed any western disturbance, mainly responsible for causing rain and snowfall in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, from the Arabian Sea for the past few weeks.

They said there has been no report of any western disturbance hovering over Afghanistan and Pakistan. ''So, rainfall in the near future is ruled out because there is no moisture in the air.'' However, the officials said the weather remained almost dry from October to December in this part of the country.

Leh, Kargil and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, also witnessed dry and biting cold weather. The temperature in these places was several degrees below normal.

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