Widespread Rains Predicted In Kashmir

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Srinagar: The weather department on Saturday forecast “scattered” and “fairly widespread” rain from 4 to May 7 and has issued “yellow warning” for isolated lightning and thunder showers with gusty winds in Jammu and Kashmir.

Till May 3, isolated light rain and thunderstorms in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range of Jammu division towards late afternoon have been predicted. “There is a possibility of scattered rain on May 4, fairly widespread rain on May 5 and 6 and scattered rain on May 7,” a MeT official said about the forecast for one week.

The weather department has also issued ‘yellow warning for “isolated lightning/ thundershowers with gusty wind 30- 40-kmph” for both Jammu and Kashmir divisions from May 1 to 5.

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 meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 9.4 degree Celsius against 11.4 degree Celsius on the previous night. The temperature was 0.3 degree Celsius below normal for this time of the season in the summer capital of J&K where 1.4mm of rain was recorded during the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, he said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 7.3 degree Celsius against previous night’s 8.2 degree Celsius and it was below normal by 1.2 degree Celsius in the gateway town of Kashmir, the official said.

Mercury settled at 3.8 degree Celsius against 4.2 degree Celsius on the previous night in Pahalgam. The temperature was below normal by 1.1 degree Celsius during this time of the season in the famous tourist resort in South Kashmir which also received 0.1mm of rain during the time, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 6.2 degree Celsius against normal of 8.4 degree Celsius and last night’s 8.3 degree Celsius, the official said. The area received 0.4mm of the rain during the time, he said.

Kupwara recorded a low of 6.3 degree Celsius against 8.0 degree Celsius on the previous night which was below normal by 2.1 degree Celsius for this time of the season in north Kashmir district, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of 3.0 degree Celsius against 6.0 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.3 degree Celsius below normal in the resort which received 5.4mm of rain in the 24 hours, the official added.

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