MeT Issues ‘Yellow’ Warning As Rains Lash Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar: Kashmir Valley and Banihal received rainfall overnight even as minimum temperatures increased, weatherman said on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.6 degree Celsius against 5.8 degree Celsius on the previous night. The temperature was around six degrees Celsius above the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar where 2.2mm of rainfall was recorded in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of J&K, recorded a low of 4.0 degree Celsius against 3.0 degree Celsius on the previous night and had a rainfall of 3.4mm during the time, the official said.

The mercury settled at 3.2 degree Celsius at Pahalgam against minus 1.2 degree Celsius on the earlier night while the world-famous tourist resort recorded 3.2mm of rainfall.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 3.4 degree Celsius against 4.0 degree Celsius on the previous night and had a rainfall of 2.2mm, he said.

The minimum temperature settled at 6.2 degree Celsius in Kupwara against 4.0 degree Celsius on the previous night even as the northern Kashmir district recorded rainfall of 4.6mm, he said.

Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of 0.0 degree Celsius against minus 0.6 degree Celsius on the earlier night and recorded fresh rain/snow of 4.8mm, the official said.

In Jammu division, Banihal received rainfall of 1.2mm and lowest minimum temperature—6.1 degree Celsius — among the observatory stations while winter capital, Jammu, recorded a low of 15.2 degree Celsius , the official said.

The MeT office has forecast erratic weather throughout the week with possibility of heavy rain/snowfall at some places in Jammu and Kashmir on February 25-26. According to the MeT official the weather system may cause disruptions of flights and slippery road conditions Banihal-Ramban, Zojila, Mugal road etc during the two days.

For February 26 and 27, the weatherman has issued a “yellow warning” for “isolated heavy rains/snow/thundershowers” in Kashmir as well as Jammu divisions.

There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched), amber –government agencies need to be prepared for severe weather and red –action needed by the agencies.

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