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Kashmir parts records light rains for 3rd straight day

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Hailstorm wreaks havoc in South Kashmir areas

Srinagar: The light rains continued for the third straight day on Saturday in Kashmir parts while hailstorm wreaked havoc in several areas of South Kashmir districts.

The occasional sunshine was witnessed till today afternoon, but the weather conditions took a shift thereafter as several areas of Kashmir including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, thus simultaneously brought down the mercury across the valley.

Reports of hailstorm were received from many areas of Shopian district including Sugoo, Tharina, Molu, Dangerpora and others while the crops have also suffered huge damage in these areas as well.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Director Meteorological department (MeT) said the weather is expected to remain generally dry from tomorrow till April 25, but added that the possibility of afternoon thundershower activity at isolated places can’t be ruled out.

Furthermore, according to the forecast, the weather would remain generally cloudy while light rain with thunder is expected at many places from April 26-27.

Moreover, the MeT department in its advisory had asked the farmers to resume farm operations after April 21st.

A meteorological department official here said that in last 24 hours till 0830 hours this morning, Srinagar received 18mm of rain, Qazigund 30mm, Pahalgam 7mm, Kupwara 13mm, Kokernag 21mm, Gulmarg 15mm, Jammu 11mm, Banihal 40mm, Batote 29mm, Katra 14mm and Bhaderwah 16mm.

The weather department here has predicted light rain at scattered places today while from April 21-25, generally dry weather has been forecast but afternoon thundershower activity at isolated places has not been ruled out.

Generally cloudy weather with light rain coupled with thunder has been forecast at many places from April 26 to 27.

Regarding temperature, he said, Srinagar recorded a minimum of 7.0°C against 9.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.9°C below normal for the summer capital of JK for this time of the year.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 7.0°C against 8.6°C on the previous night and it was 0.4°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of 1.6°C against 4.8°C on the previous night and it was 1.8°C below normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 5.8°C against 7.8°C on the previous night and it was 0.7°C below normal, the official said.

Kupwara town recorded a low of 6.0°C against 7.5°C on the previous night and it was 0.9°C below normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 0.5°C against 1.6°C on the previous night and it was below normal by 1.7°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 16.8°C against 17.9°C on the previous night and it was below normal by 3.4°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of 6.4°C, Batote 8.4°C and Bhaderwah 6.6°C, he added.

Notably, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was restored for vehicular movement after remaining closed for hours due to mudslide at Mehad, Ramban and shooting stones at Kishtwari Pathar, Banihal yesterday.

As soon as the road was cleared, the traffic was allowed to ply in the late afternoon. (with inputs from GNS/KNO)

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