Fresh Snowfall in Valley Upper Reaches

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SRINAGAR: The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley received fresh snowfall Sunday bringing down temperatures and forcing people to take to woolens again.

Official sources said all peaks around Sonmarg in Ganderbal district had turned white due to fresh snowfall. Baltal, base camp of annual Amarnath yatra, commencing from July 2, also received snowfall. 

The cave shrine of Amarnath and its adjoining areas also received fresh snowfall while reports of snow were also received from Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni.

Pahalgam received heavy rains during the past 24 hours. 

A tourist official said over phone from Gulmarg that second phase of the Gulmarg Cable Car has been closed because of rain and thunderstorm. It has been closed as a precautionary measure. However, the first phase upto Kongdori was in operation.

Woolen and warm cloths are out again in the Kashmir valley, where mercury witnessed drop due to rain during the past 24 hours.

A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that light to moderate rain or thundershower would occur at scattered places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. He said there could be decrease in precipitation after May 26 morning in the state where Gulmarg recorded lowest 4 degrees Celsius minimum temperature, two notches below normal. Sun made a brief appearance today for a few minutes before it again started to rain in the capital, Srinagar, where famed Sunday Market was badly affected due to very less number of customers and vendors.

People again wore woolen and warm cloths in the city where rain accompanied by chilly winds continued. The minimum temperature witnessed about one degree drop as against yesterdays 11.2 degree, it was 10.7 degree.

Spokesman said there could be light rain or thundershowers towards evening Monday in the city where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 24 degrees and 11 degrees respectively during the next 24 hours. Gulmarg also recovered two degree drop in the minimum temperature as against 6.5 degree it was 4 degree, two notches below normal. 

However, health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, the minimum temperature recorded more than a degree increase though it was about half a notch below normal. 

At Qazigund, the minimum temperature was 8.1 degree, three notches below normal while at Kokernag it was 7.1 degrees again three degree below normal.

However, at Kupwara a north Kashmir town the minimum temperature was 9.4 degree, half a notch below normal. There was more than two degree drop in the minimum temperature at border town of Kargil but at Leh it was further improvement. 

Against yesterday’s 4.3 degree minimum temperature it was 5.6 at Leh while at Kargil it was 4 degree against yesterday’s 6.3 degree. He said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 20 degree and 10 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.

At Jammu, there could be light rain or thundershowers towards evening and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 38 degree and 24 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.

Rain and inclement weather, including hailstorm and thunder squalls, have been worrying the local farmers and fruit growers in Kashmir this season.

Inclement weather often delays transplantation of Paddy crop besides damaging it through wind and hailstorm.

Tender fruit buds are too delicate to withstand the vagaries of weather and suffer heavily if weather remains inclement during the budding season.

Heat Wave: Death toll crosses 300 

HYDERABAD: The death toll due to severe heatwave conditions in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had crossed more than 300 so far. People, mostly poverty-stricken farm coolies and elderly people had died due to severe heat in the two states. According to official sources,42 fresh deaths have been reported from different parts of Telangana with Karimnagar district accounting for a maximum 15 deaths.More than 60 people died due to sunstroke in Andhra Pradesh. The severe heatwave conditions in the two telugu states was unabated for the fifth consecutive day today. The weather office said the temperatures were three to seven deg. C. above normal at many places mainly due to north and northwesterly hot winds blowing across the two states. The mercury hovered around 47 deg. C. in about a dozen places in the two statesand the people in the coastal regions bore the brunt because of the severe heatcoupled with humidity

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