Rainfall brings relief from scorching heat
Rains lash parts of Jammu, bring relief from humid condition
Srinagar/Jammu: The intermittent light rainfall that lashed Kashmir parts on Wednesday brought relief from the scorching heat that continued from past over a week in the Valley.
Director Meteorological department (MeT), Sonum Lotus said that the light rains lashed parts of the Valley since the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
He added that there is a possibility of more light intermittent rains across the Valley in the next two days. Lotus informed that as per the forecast, the weather would remain wet across Kashmir.
Director MeT also said that the prevalent weather conditions would start improving gradually from September 11 (Saturday), adding that the temperature has gone down due to the light rainfall.
He added that there is no forecast of any heavy or moderate rainfall in any part of the Valley during the next two days.
Pertinently, the scorching heat continued across the Valley for the past over a week. The temperature in Srinagar and elsewhere was recorded over 30 degrees Celsius in the last couple of days.
Meanwhile, rains lashed large parts of the Jammu region early Wednesday bringing relief to the people from humidity with the weather department forecasting intermittent light to moderate rainfall in the next two days.
An approach road leading to the Government Medical College in Kathua district was washed away by the heavy rains while several areas witnessed water logging due to overflowing drains and streams.
Katra town, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, recorded the highest rainfall of 52.8 mm till 8.30 am, a spokesperson of the meteorological department said.
The pilgrimage was going on smoothly despite rains which were still continuing when last reports were received around noon. However, the helicopter service there was suspended and is likely to resume later in the day when the weather improves.
Besides Reasi, rains lashed many other parts of Jammu region including Udhampur, Samba, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, and Ramban districts.
Jammu city registered 18.5 mm and Kathua 13.2 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am when it was still raining heavily, the spokesperson said.
The official predicted that intermittent light to moderate rain is likely in the next two days, especially in the morning and evening. “The weather will remain mainly dry thereafter and there is no major rainfall for next 10 days.”
Jammu city on Tuesday recorded a minimum temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius, 2.4 notches above the normal for this time of the season, and a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius.
The official said rains raised water levels in streams and rivers across Jammu, triggering shooting of stones from the hillocks surrounding many different roads. The traffic on Bani-Basholi road in Kathua district was suspended after shooting of stones.
The traffic on the Jammu-Poonch national highway too remained suspended for over an hour due to overflowing of a stream near Manjakote in the Rajouri district. (with inputs from PTI, KNO)