Heavy Rains, Flash Floods Predicted From Tomorrow

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Srinagar: The Indian meteorological department (IMD) on Saturday issued a weather advisory warning of flash floods, disruption of traffic on highways, besides water logging in low lying areas of Jammu & Kashmir during the next three days from Monday.

According to the advisory, copies of which have been sent to divisional commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir, besides the secretary disaster management, J&K for information and necessary action, the lower and middle level tropospheric winds from north Arabian Sea are most likely to interact with Easterly winds (From Bay of Bengal) from 18th to 21st July.

“The system is most likely to cause widespread heavy to very heavy rain, thunder with lightning at most places of Jammu mainly Pirpanjal Range and plains of Jammu division from 19th to 21st and moderate to heavy rain/ thunder with lightning in many places of Kashmir division during the said period,”

The advisory, a copy of which has also been sent to the secretary disaster management, J&K for information and necessary action, has also warned of moderate to high risk of flash flood, temporary disruption of surface traffic, mainly on Jammu-Srinagar, Srinagar-Leh highways and Mughal road, connecting south Kashmir’s Shopian district with Poonch under the impact of bad weather.

Also, the advisory warns about landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places, water logging in low lying areas, suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations during the fresh rain spell.

Meanwhile, heatwave continued on Saturday in the Union Territory as Srinagar recorded a temperature of 34.1 degree Celsius.

A meteorological department official said that today’s maximum temperature in the summer capital of J & K was 4.3 degrees Celsius, higher than the normal.

Jammu, the winter capital of J&K, recorded a maximum of 35.7 degrees Celsius against normal of 34.2 degrees Celsius and previous day’s 34.9 degree Celsius, he said.

Qazigund recorded a maximum of 32 (against normal of 27.9) degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 28.8 degrees Celsius while Kokernag recorded 31.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

The border town Kupwara recorded a maximum temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius against normal of 30.5 degree Celsius, he said.

World famous skiing and tourist resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a maximum of 24.0 degrees Celsius against the normal of 20.8 degree Celsius for this time of the season for the place, the official added.

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