Rains lash Kashmir valley: MeT

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As plains across the country are facing a heat wave, the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district received a few inches of snow.

Kashmir Valley was lashed by rain on Friday, bringing down the temperature by 9?C to 11?C, officials said.

Peer Ki Gali, connecting the Shopian district of south Kashmir with the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, received 4 inches of fresh snowfall, disrupting normal traffic movement on the road on Friday, a Meteorological Department official said.

The upper reaches of Zojila Pass on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway also experienced fresh snowfall, while several parts of the Ladakh region were also lashed by rain on Friday, MeT office Leh said.

Srinagar and other major parts of Kashmir Valley have experienced intermittent light to moderate rainfall since morning, bringing down the temperature and disrupting normal life.

As the temperature turned cool following rainfall and an overcast sky, many tourists on Boulevard Road on the bank of the iconic Dal Lake were seen wearing warm clothes to cope with the atmosphere.

The MeT office has predicted the weather will generally remain cloudy with light rain or thundershowers at many places in the Kashmir Division on Friday.

There is a possibility of light rain/thunder at isolated places during the next two days while the weather will generally remain dry, with the possibility of light rain/thunder at isolated places can’t be ruled out from June 24 to 28.

“Heatwave over the plains of Jammu division from June 22”, it said.

The Maximum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, dipped to 9.7?C of the normal 29.2?C throwing the normal life out of gear on Friday.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded during the intervening nights of Thursday and Friday at 15.4?C, which was also 0.4?C below normal during this period of the season. Srinagar also received 5.7 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours till 0830 hours on Friday.

The other weather stations of the Kashmir valley also witnessed a drop in the day temperature by 9?C to 11?C on Friday.

The maximum temperature at the tourist spot of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded 13.8?C temperature on Friday, the picnic spot of Kokernag 17.2?C, and the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district had a minimum of 11.2?C on Friday, the MeT office said.

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