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Breaks Week Long Dry Spell

SRINAGAR: After several days of sweltering heat, early morning showers Thursday brought much needed relief for the harrowed people, with rains lashing several parts of the State. 

The rainfall resulted in a dip in temperature by several notches, brought relief from the heat wave conditions prevalent in the Valley for over a week. 

Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in coming days.

Sonam Lotus, director of the Met office said, “The present wet weather conditions would continue for the next three days, although there would be breaks in between.”

People troubled by scorching heat along with prolonged power outages, took to the streets enjoying rain. Rainwater inundated several low-lying areas especially the downtown.

Srinagar, which recorded a maximum of 33 degrees celsius on June 25, received a rainfall of 8.2 mm during the night, while the ski-resort of Gulmarg received 10.2 mm of rains, a MET Department spokesman said.

The maximum temperature recorded in Srinagar  today was 23.1 which was around eight degrees below yesterday’s temp. The night temperature also witnessed a drop by few notches, recording at 19.1 degrees against 21.9 degree celsius previously.

Qazigund in South Kashmir which witnessed 10.8 mm of rainfall during the time recorded maximum temperature at 22.7 degree celsius.

Pahalgam had a rainfall of 16.0 mm during the 12 hours, bringing the day temperature down to 17.8 Degrees Celsius from 27.2 degree celsius on Wednesday.

Kokernag had 7.7mm of rainfall and recorded day temperature at 21.5 degrees celsius. Kupwara had 7.5 mm of rainfall during the time to bring the maximum temperature down to 23.2 Degrees Celsius from 32.1 degree celsius yesterday.

Jammu, the winter capital recorded rainfall of 21.2 mm during the time, the weatherman said. The rain plummeted mercury to 32.8 Deg Celsius. The winter capital of the state had witnessed 34.0 Degrees Celsius on Wednesday last. 

Banihal had a rainfall of 5.5 mm during the 12-hours bringing the day temperature down to 24.6 Degrees Celsius from 29.2 Degrees Celsius on Wednesday last.

Baderwah had 2.0 mm of rainfall and recorded day temperature at 25.5 Degrees Celsius. Batot had 6.1 mm of rainfall during the time.

Regarding the forecast for next 24 hours, the weatherman said moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in the Kashmir region during the next 48 hours while rainfall would be moderate but widespread in the Jammu region during this period. 

An official from Meteorological department said Katra recorded 62.6 mm of rain from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday with maximum temperature of 29.1 and minimum 21.1.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has started issuing weather information for Amarnath Yatra to help travelers and Tehri families back home to keep a track of weather conditions.

The information given by the department includes station wise weather forecast of rainfall, wind speed and humidity on the present day and the next day.

The stations for which forecast is available includes Srinagar, Udhampur, Sonmarg, Sheshnag, Qazigund, Pahalgam, Jammu, Chandanwari, Batote, Banihal, Baltal and Holy cave. 

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