Rainfall Plummets Mercury In Kashmir

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Srinagar: Rains lashed Kashmir overnight dropping mercury by a few notches even as the minimum temperatures remained considerably above normal across the Valley, weatherman said on Monday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 3.1mm of rain in 24 hours till 0830 hours while mercury settled at 11.2 degree Celsius against previous night’s 12.2 degree Celsius in the summer capital. The temperature was above by 5.1 degree Celsius in Srinagar for this time of the year, the official said.

Qazigund received 1.2mm of rain and recorded a low of 7.4 degree Celsius against 8.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam received 13.0mm of rain while mercury settled at 7.0 degree Celsius against 6.9 degree Celsius on the earlier night at the famous resort in south Kashmir,.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 2.6mm recorded a low of 10.7 degree Celsius against previous night’s 7.2 degree Celsius, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 8.7 degree Celsius in Kupwara against 7.7 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said. The north Kashmir district received 15.6mm of rain during the time, he said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.5 degree Celsius against 2.0 degree Celsius on the previous night and had 21.4mm of rain. The temperature was 2.3 degree Celsius above normal for the place during this time of the year, the official added

The meteorological department has forecast “fairly widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thunderstorm in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range of Jammu division” in next 24 hours. “There will be mainly dry weather on the plains of Jammu division,” the official said.

For next two days, the weather office has predicted “isolated very light rain/thunderstorm.”

Meanwhile traffic authorities said that subject to fair weather and better road condition Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) shall be allowed from both sides on the Jammu- Srinagar highway

In a communiqué, Traffic authorities said Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) shall be allowed towards Jammu after the last LMV crosses Banihal. (GNS)

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