MeT Predicts Widespread Rainfall in Kashmir Valley

KO photo by Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The meteorological department on Saturday forecast widespread moderate rain and thunderstorms over Kashmir during the next 24 hours, even as the valley received heavy rainfall in the second half of the day, leaving many localities inundated.

A meteorological department official also said that there was also a possibility of light rain and thunderstorm at “scattered places” over Jammu division during the time.

For subsequent two days, he said, fairly widespread light to moderate rain and thunderstorms was expected in J&K.

“Rain and thunderstorms are most likely to commence from late afternoon and evening (today) at many places of Kashmir, Zojila-Drass etc. and Jammu region by night,” he said.

From May 7-8, he said, rain and thunderstorms was expected at many places of J&K. “Hailstorm and gusty wind is also possible at scattered places.”

From May 9-12, he said, “mainly dry” weather was expected.

He asked farmers to postpone spraying of orchards and harvesting of crops till May 8th.

The official also urged tourists to keep warm clothes and eatables ready as “weather will be colder till May 8.”

Regarding temperature, he said, Srinagar recorded a low of 10.4°C against 9.6°C on the previous night and it was 0.7°C above normal for the summer capital.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 8.0°C against 7.8°C on the previous night while the prominent tourist resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir recorded a low of 5.4°C against 3.6°C on previous night.

Kokernag recorded a low of 8.2°C against 7.0°C on the previous night and it was 0.2°C below normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 4.0°C against 2.2°C on previous night and it was 0.3°C below normal for the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 7.4°C, the same as on the previous night and it was 1.0°C below normal for the north Kashmir area.

Jammu recorded a low of 19.7°C against 17.3°C on the previous night and it was 2.9°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 9.3°C (below normal by 0.8°C), Batote 11.6°C (0.9°C below normal), Katra 16.1°C (3.1°C below normal) and Bhaderwah 10.0°C (below normal by 0.8°C). Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 0.4°C, he added.

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