MIRPUR (AJK) - As the Azad Jammu & Kashmir is reeling under cold wave for past seven days, the Meteorological Department has forecast that the cold and dry weather conditions will intensify for next three days with the fresh snowfall at upper reaches of the librated territory on Sunday - today, official sources disclosed.

Whether experts here predict that another western disturbance on Saturday will result in light to moderate snowfall on Sunday on top mountainous parts in the AJK.

The snow is expected to give relief to the people who are facing water shortage due to freezing temperatures in the snow-clad terrain. The water pipes and taps are frozen for past five days and people in most localities are without water, the sources told this scribe here tonight.

And in the Indian-held Kashmir valley, The freezing temperatures have frozen the stagnant water bodies and Friday more parts of the Dal lake in Srinagar were frozen with continuous freezing temperatures, says a report reaching here Friday from across the line of control. The minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus 3.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded at minus 0.5 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Pahalgam was minus 12.1 degrees and the maximum was recorded at minus 1.0 degree Celsius. The gateway to occupied Kashmir, the South Kashmir town of Qazigund recorded minimum temperature of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of minus 0.9 degree Celsius.

The tourist resort of Kokernag recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.0 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of minus 2.4 degree Celsius.

The North Kashmir township of Kupwara recorded a maximum temperature of 0.6 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg recorded minus 16.4 degree Celsius while Leh minus 10.4 degree Celsius. Kargil was the coldest in the State at minus 18 degrees Celsius, the report added.