Rains hit normal life, mercury in Valley

Srinagar: Normal life was disrupted as rains lashed Kashmir Valley on Monday, inundating roads and resulting in plunge to the temperature.
At the same, the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains on next couple of days before improvement in weather from Thursday.
“Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 12.0 and maximum of 16 degrees celsius and received 10 mm of rainfall till 5:30 pm from 8.30 am on Monday,” a MeT official said.
The maximum temperature, Director of the local MeT department, Sonam Lotus, said was several degrees lesser compared to normal during this time of the year.
“If we see data about past five decades, the average temperature for this time of year is around 26 degrees Celsius,” he said.
Due to rains, many roads across the Srinagar city were inundated, causing difficulty in normal commuting.
Meanwhile, Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded minimum temperature of 7.4 degrees Celsius and received 10.6 mm of rainfall till 8:30 am while Kokarnag recorded minimum temperature of 9.7 degree Celsius and received 2.2 mm of rainfall and Qazigund had a minimum temperature of 8.4 degrees Celsius and received 2.2mm rainfall.
Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of 3.8 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minimum temperature of 10.0 degrees Celsius and received 30.8 mm of rainfall.
Leh in Ladakh region recorded a minimum temperature of 6.8 degree Celsius while Kargil town recorded 11.0 degrees Celsius.
Regarding the forecast, Sonam lotus said that there was possibility of intermitted rainfall on Tuesday as well as Wednesday.
“Moderate to rather heavy rain/thundershower will occur at most places over the state in next 24 hours with snow at higher reaches, Possibility of Hail storm at some places.”
From Thursday, he said, there is possibility of improvement in weather,” he added.
Meanwhile, according to IGP Traffic, in view of inclement weather and “the fact that the road condition has deteriorated”, no vehicular traffic shall be allowed from Sonamarg to Kargil and vice versa from till further orders.
“As per the communiqué road reccee shall be carried out when the weather and road condition improves and further decision taken accordingly. As such all the concerned Truck/Load Carrier Unions are informed to advise the drivers of their Unions to desist from proceeding towards Sonamarg,” a police spokesman said here.

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