SRINAGAR: Rains on Tuesday brought back the chill to Kashmir Valley after the weather had turned unusually warm in the recent days.
The rainfall started late on Monday and continued for the most part of Tuesday. Srinagar received 9.7 mm of rainfall till 5:30 pm on Tuesday while as Qazigund, Pahalgam, Kupwara, and Kokernag received a 9.5 mm, 13.6 mm, 3.8 mm, and 6.9 mm, respectively.
The people could be seen moving around with umbrellas, while the drop in temperature forced most of them to put on warm clothes.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at 12.8 degrees Celsius, which is normal at this time of the year. The maximum temperature, however, was 15.7 degrees Celsius, about 9 notches below the average. The humidity was 92 per cent.
“I had to put on my sweater to avoid the cold,” a college student said.
The downpour resulted in accumulation of water in the lanes and by-lanes of the areas such as Batmaloo, Karan Nagar, and Soura. The accumulation is believed to be the result of improper drainage facilities in most parts of the city.
“Due to choked drains, there is no space for us to walk in this rain. The authorities have failed yet again in preventing water logging in the streets,” a pedestrian struggling to cross a water-logged street outside the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) headquarters at Karan Nagar said.
The Metrological department has forecasted light rains and thundershowers at isolated places over the state for Wednesday.
“There is a possibility of light rains and thundershowers in city on Wednesday,” a MeT official told Kashmir Reader.
According to the official, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 26 degrees Celsius and 12 degrees Celsius, respectively, on Wednesday.