After rains, JK to witness dry weather for the next week: MeT

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SRINAGAR: After witnessing moderate rainfall in Kashmir from the past two weeks, the weather will remain dry for the next week, said the MeT office.
Director Meteorological Department, J&K, Sonam Lotus told Kashmir reader that the temperature would improve from Thursday, while the weather will remain dry for next week in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “Jammu and Kashmir received low rainfall during this winter season.” While asked about if there is any threat of drought during the coming summer, he replied that in Kashmir valley we don’t have any threat of drought because “the state is bestowed with bountiful water resource. But we need to preserve these water bodies. But if Jammu does not receive rainfall during this monsoon season there is a threat of drought.”
As per the officials of Met Department, temperature in Srinagar was 12.4degrees Celsius, Pahalgam recorded 12.4 degrees celsius, Kupwara 15.2 degrees celsius, Qazigund recorded a maximum of 12.3 degrees celsius, Gulmarg 3.2 degrees Celsius and Kokernag 11.2 degrees celsius.
As per the Department, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Wednesday,rainfall in Srinagar was recorded at1.9.mm rainfall, Qazigundreceive 2.0mm ,Phalgam 1.8mm, Gulmarg 5.2mm, andKupwara 0.0 mm.
Earlier Met department has predictedlight to moderate rain and snow in J&K during the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, many areas in the higher reaches of Chenab valley received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, while the plains in the Bhaderwah, Doda and Kishtwar were lashed by rains, even as the Meteorological Department has forecast continuous wet spell till the weekend.
The temperature dipped below normal in Chenab Valley due to constant rains in its plains and snowfall in the upper reaches since last night.There was a fresh snowfall in Kailash Mountain Range, PadriGali, BhaalPadri, LalDraman and Asha Pati Glacier surrounding Bhadarwah in the district since Wednesday, official sources said.
The cold wave condition once again forced the people to remain indoors and light up bonfires to keep themselves warm in this cold weather. “We have been trying to resist the severe cold condition since last one day but last night we were left with no other option but to lightup the fire place which was not in use since March. In my life, I have never felt to lit fireplace in March,” Abdul Kabir Malik, a resident of Bhaderwah said.