Srinagar: The Meteorologist Department has sounded a cold wave alert across Jammu and Kashmir for four days starting Wednesday.
The warning is not restricted to plunge in day temperature by 7-8 degrees Celsius but also entails moderate to heavy rains in plains and snowfall over higher reaches of the state till Saturday.
“A western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and its interaction with monsoon currents over North West India is likely to affect the state from Wednesday to Saturday with occasional gaps,” Sonam Lotus, Director Meteorological Department, said in a statement addressed to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.
“Under the influence of this weather system, moderate to heavy rain or thundershower and snowfall over higher reaches will occur at most places in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and at a few places in Ladakh region particularly along Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Leh, and Leh-Manali Road etc,” Lotus said in the statement also circulated to press here.
Some places may receive heavy to very heavy rain or shower during the period, he said. “These weather conditions may trigger landslide and flashflood in vulnerable areas of the state.”
The weather system may disrupt surface and air transport apart from bringing day temperature down by 7-8 degrees Celsius, he added.
The warning comes at a time when rains have already pounded the Kashmir Valley, leading to surge in the Jhelum and other water bodies.
The relentless rain and water-logged fields has already left paddy farmers and fruit growers worried.
So far this month, Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, has already had a downpour of over 50mm, which is higher than what has been recorded for entire month of September during eight out of last ten years with rainfall of 34.2mm in 2013, 46.5mm (2011), 16.9mm (2010), 15.9mm (2009), 22.5mm (2008), 14mm (2007), 16.8 (2005) and 12mm in 2004.
In the month of September, the Srinagar has recorded highest ever rainfall of 116.3mm in the year 1992. In last decade, there were only occasions when Srinagar had a downpour in excess of 100mm during September, recording 111.5mm in 2012. In 2006, there was 93.3mm rainfall in September.
In last 33 hours, Srinagar already had rainfall of over 50mm (20mm in 24-hours till 0830 hours and 32.8 mm in nine hours till 1730 hours Wednesday evening).