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Rains lash Kashmir as mercury records dip

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Srinagar: Rains lashed Kashmir on Tuesday, resulting in drop in the temperature, even as the meteorological department has forecast wet weather over the next two days in the Valley, officials said on Wednesday.

Kashmir over the past few days experienced active western disturbance which brought light to moderate rain in most of the places and snowfall in the higher reaches in some areas, they said.

Thunder, lightning and hailstorm accompanied by dusty winds also occurred at some places, they added.

Deputy Director, MeT, Mukhtair Ahmad, said the weather is likely to remain cloudy with the possibility of fairly widespread rainfall over the next two days.

There are chances of light snowfall in the higher reaches at some places, he added.

Hailstorms, thunder-lightning and gusty winds may also happen, Ahmad said.

From June 2-6, the weather is likely to stay mainly dry, he said.

The deputy director said the wet weather has led to decrease in the temperature by several degrees across the valley.

The maximum temperature in Srinagar on Wednesday was 15.3 degrees Celsius, 11 degrees below the normal.

The minimum temperature will remain around 10 to 12 degrees Celsius, but the maximum temperature will be lower than three to five degrees than the normal for this time of the season over the next few days, Ahmad said.

Meanwhile, a meteorological department official here said that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours Wednesday, Srinagar received  16.2mm of rain, Qazigund 7.6mm, Pahalgam traces, Kupwara 0.4mm, Kupwara 10.6mm, Gulmarg 8.8mm, Jammu 1.3mm, Banihal 11.8mm, Botote 33.6mm, Katra 4.8mm and Bhaderwah 13.4mm.

Regarding temperature, he said, Srinagar recorded a low of 11.6°C against 11.8°C on the previous night and it was below normal by 0.9°C for the summer capital.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 10.2°C against 11.2°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 0.9°C for the gateway town of Kashmir.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 7.8°C against 8.8°C on the previous night and it was 1.2°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 11.2°C, the same as on the previous night and it was 0.2°C above normal for the north Kashmir area.

Kokernag recorded a low of 9.1°C against 8.3°C on the previous night and it was 2.0°C below normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 5.0°C against 4.0°C on previous night and it was below normal by 2.6°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 18.0°C against 20.6°C on the previous night and it was 7.5°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 10.5°C (below normal by 2.2°C), Batote 11.7°C (2.2°C below normal), Katra 16.1°C (5.7°C below normal) and Bhaderwah 10.8°C (below normal by 0.8°C). Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of 4.8°C, he said. (with PTI inputs)

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