SRINAGAR – The chilly weather conditions have intensified as incessant intermittent rain lashed the summer capital, Srinagar, and other parts of Kashmir, where people mostly remained confined to their homes due to strike since August 5.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to heavy rain would occur during the next 24 hours in the valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region.
Due to cloudy sky in the morning followed by rain, chill has further intensified in Srinagar, where people could be seen wearing warm cloths, including half sleeves sweaters and jackets.
Meanwhile, water has accumulated on some roads in the city, making it difficult for people, who were out to offer Friday prayers, to move.
He said the light to moderate rain would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where minimum was 10.6 degree and maximum temperature was 20.6 degree on Thursday, respectively. The night temperature was about 2 degree above normal due to cloudy skies while the day temperature on Thursday was 3 degree below normal.
Rain also lashed the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, resulting in dip in the day temperature. However, the ski resort remained deserted since August 4, when authorities asked tourists and non-locals to leave the state immediately a day before scrapping Article 370 and Article 35 A.
World famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also received light to moderate rain, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. The famed tourist resort also remained deserted since the special status of the state was scrapped.
Intermittent rain also lashed Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag.