SRINAGAR: Breaking a brief spell of sunny weather, Valley received a fresh spell of rainfall on Sunday bringing the mercury few notches below the normal.
The state meteorology department has predicted light to moderate rainfall for next 24 hours across the state with possible improvement in weather from Monday night.
“There is prediction of light to moderate rainfall at few places across the state for next 24 hours,” MeT director, Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader.
He said the famous ski resort in north Kashmir, Gulmarg, received highest rainfall of 30.6 mm followed by Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, with 22.6 mm on Sunday.
Qazigund tehsil of Kulgam district witnessed 20 mm of rainfall while as Pahalgam, Banihal, Kupwara, Kukarnag and Batote received a maximum rainfall of 19.8 mm, 15.1 mm, 10.9 mm, 10.6 mm and 6.4 mm respectively, they said.
The downpour, under the influence of western disturbances, submerged a number of roads in Srinagar city resulting in water logging at few places in Srinagar. Many areas in the city were swamped due to continuous rainfall which forced people to remain inside their homes.
Meanwhile, the routine business at famous open-air Sunday Market along the Residency Road was disrupted due to inclement weather as people preferred to remain indoors.
Majority of hawkers and vendors, who were routinely installing their kiosks and carts, remained absent from the roads because of water logging.
“The demand for light sweaters remains high during this peak season but the continuous rainfall compelled us not to put up stalls on the roadsides,” Majid Ahmad, a roadside vendor who had wrapped his goods under a polythene sheet, said.
The pedestrian and traffic moment was also disrupted near Jehangir-Chowk-Rambagh-Airport road due to damaged road.