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MeT warns of stormy weather, flash floods across Kashmir

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Srinagar: The weather department has forecast widespread heavy to very heavy rain as well as possibility of flash floods and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir for three days from Monday next week.
The advisory issued by the Srinagar Meteorological Centre has warned of “moderate to high risk” possibility of flash floods and temporary disruption of surface traffic on Kashmir’s key highways.
Jammu and Kashmir will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha from Wednesday, the third day of the likely storm.
The Centre said the surface traffic can be disrupted along Jammu-Srinagar highway, Srinagar-Leh highway, Doda-Kishtwar road and Mughal Road.
“Lower and Middle level tropospheric winds from north Arabian sea is most likely to interact with Easterly Winds ( from Bay of Bengal) from 18th to 21st July,” the centre said in its advisory.
It said the system is “most likely to cause widespread heavy to very heavy rain, thunder with lightning at most places of Jammu mainly in Pirpanjal Range and plains of Jammu division from 19 (Monday) to 21 (Wednesday)”.
It further said that moderate to heavy rain and thunder with lightning will occur in many places of Kashmir division from Monday to Wednesday.
The centre warned of landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places as well as water logging and “minor floods over low lying areas”.
It also advised suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations during this period.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department in Shimla also issued a warning for landslides in the state due to heavy rainfall predicted in the next three-four days.
Latest weather conditions and interpretations of different global and regional models indicate that rainfall activity is very likely to increase around Saturday for the next three-four days with moderate to heavy rainfall in lower and middle hills of Himachal Pradesh, the MeT centre in Shimla stated.
Expected weather conditions may trigger landslides on national and state highways, inundations in low-lying area, high discharge in stream and nullahs, besides disruption of traffic and other electrical and communication channels, it warned.
In view of these, the state government authorities are advised to take adequate safety measures, the weather office added.
Rainfall was recorded at isolated places over the state during the day, it said.
Shahpur received 35 mm rain, Malan 29 mn, Guler and Barthin 12 mm each, and Pidana, Dalhousie and Tisso 10 mm each, the Met centre said. (with PTI inputs)
Heat wave continues across Kashmir
Srinagar: Heat wave continued on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir 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, the gate town of Kashmir, recorded 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 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 recording 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.
The official said there was possibility of light rain with thunder at isolated to scattered places in J&K till July 18.
“There is possibility of moderate rain at widespread places with thunder and gusty winds most likely during July 19-21. Besides, there are chances of heavy Rainfall at isolated places during the above period,” he said. (GNS)


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