Incessant Rain Turns Weather Cold In Kashmir

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Srinagar: Fresh snowfall in the upper reaches and incessant rains in plains brought a considerable drop in the mercury in Kashmir valley, even as the weather department Friday predicted more downpour in the coming days.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 10.7mm of rainfall in the last 36 hours till 5:30 p.m. The minimum temperature settled at 7.9 degree Celsius against 7.8 degree Celsius on the previous night while the summer capital of J&K recorded a maximum of 13.2 degree Celsius against 21.1 degree Celsius normal for this time of the season.

Qazigund received 3.0mm of rain and recorded a low of 7.4 degree Celsius and maximum of 14.9 degree Celsius against normal of 20.7 degree Celsius, the official said.

Pahalgam received 10.4mm during the time while the famous resort in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of 3.4 degree Celsius and maximum of 13 degree Celsius while was 5.2 degree Celsius below normal for this time of the year, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 2.6mm of rain and recorded a low of 6.0 degree Celsius against previous night’s 6.5 degree Celsius and maximum of 14.5 degree Celsius which was 6.0 degree Celsius below normal, the official said.

Kupwara received 22.2mm of rain during the 36 hours while the north Kashmir district recorded a low of 6.3 degree Celsius against 6.6 degree Celsius on the previous night and maximum of 10.9 degree Celsius which is 10.8 degree Celsius below normal for the area, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, received 26.4mm of rain during the time and recorded a low of 1.0 degree Celsius against 0.5 degree Celsius on the previous night which was minus 1.3 degree Celsius below normal, the official said. The resort recorded a maximum of 3.5 degree Celsius which is 7.2 degree Celsius below normal for the season there, the official said.

Jammu district received 0.9mm of rain, Banihal 6.4mm, Batote 3.0mm, Katra 0.4mm, Bhaderwah 8.7mm and Kathua 0.0mm, the official added.

Director Meteorological department Sonam Lotus said that “erratic weather” shall continue till the weekend.

“Weather to remain partly to generally cloudy, turning windy towards afternoon till April 17th in both Districts,” he said, adding, “Light snow is expected at isolated to scattered places of Kargil district mainly on higher reaches mainly along Drass -Zojila etc. and at isolated places on higher reaches of Leh district,” he said.

The weather department has also issued ‘yellow warning for “isolated thunder/lightning with gusty wind 30- 40-kmph” for both Jammu and Kashmir divisions till April 17.

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.

The weather department in a statement issued here said that dry weather is expected on April 19 while “fairly widespread rain” is expected on April 20 and widespread rains have been forecast on April 22 and 22 respectively. (With GNS inputs)

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