Wettest, coldest March in more than a decade in Kashmir

Srinagar: The deluge that engulfed Kashmir Valley in March this year is the highest downpour in last more than ten years, weatherman said Friday.
With a total of 212 mm rainfall so far, it is only the sixth occasion in three decades when the downpour has crossed the 200mm in Srinagar, Director Meteorological Department here, Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader.
Even as the deluge is far from all-time record of 365mm recorded in 1983, it has been significant compared to last six years especially during 2008 when this summer capital of the state only had 9.4mm of rains.
Last year, Srinagar in March had 69.4mm of rain while it received 58mm in 2012, 100.8mm in 2011, 61mm in 2010 and 41.2 mm in 2009. However, in 2007 Srinagar recorded 210.3 mm of rain.
“March 2014 was also one of the coldest months in last ten years. The highest maximum temperature this year was 16.7 degree Celsius on March 13 and lowest minimum was minus 2 degree Celsius,” said Lotus.
The all-time lowest temperature for the month of March was minus 6 degrees Celsius recorded on March 3, 1965. All-time highest temperature was 27.3 degrees Celsius on March 27, 1971.
Meanwhile, there is some good news at last on the weather front as Meteorological Department has forecast dry weather in the coming days
“From tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, weather is likely to improve and remain mainly dry for coming three to four days,” Lotus added.