Rains Bring Respite from Heat, Humidity to Valley

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Srinagar: After witnessing hot and humid conditions during past about a month, weather turned pleasant due to rain and overcast conditions since late last night much to the delight of the people in the Valley.

However, in some areas, particularly in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, a number of water bodies are overflowing inundating several localities.

A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at many places over the state during the next 48 hours.

Ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received light to moderate rain since late last night, resulting in dip in the mercury.

“Since late last night, the weather has turned pleasant. Despite intermittent rain, the tourists are out on the lush green slops – enjoying horse riding, besides other activities.

People in this summer capital woke up to a cloudy and pleasant morning after mercury marginally dipped during the night due to overnight rain though the minimum temperature was still about 2 degree above normal. 

The day temperature also dipped due to overcast conditions and rain in the city, where people remained indoor due to general strike called by separatists.

The spokesperson said that the sky will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 31 degree and 20 degree. People could be seen watching water level in river Jehlum which was still several feet below normal.

Day temperatures at Qazigund, tourist resort Kukernag and Kupwara in north Kashmir also dipped due to overcast conditions and rain.

Meanwhile, the maximum and minimum temperatures at health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also dipped due to rain since last night.  

However, pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine was progressing smoothly. “It has been raining intermittently since last, resulting in a pleasant weather. Agencies

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