Srinagar: The Meteorological department forecast improvement in weather from Thursday with rain likely to end by Wednesday night.
Rain has been falling across the valley for the past four days, bringing down day temperatures and making people use kangris and other heating appliances for warmth.
Srinagar and adjacent areas received heavy rainfall on Wednesday while areas on higher altitudes received light snowfall along with heavy rainfall. Hailstorms wrecked havoc in several areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday. Sources said that several standing crops and flowers in apple and other fruit trees were damaged in Baramulla, Rafiabad, Tangmarg, Uri and Narvaw areas in the afternoon. The hailstorm lasted for more than 10 minutes.
Assistant Director of the Met department’s Srinagar office, Mukthar Ahmad, said that “there will be a slight improvement in weather from tomorrow but light to moderate rains may continue till tonight”.
“Rains lashed major part of the valley today but weather may change from tomorrow and it will improve the day temperatures,” he added.
An official at Srinagar airport said that flights will run as normal and there will no change or delay in their timings.
Traffic Control Room Srinagar said that traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway will ply normally on Thursday, “as the continuous rainfall for the past few days has not created any disturbance in traffic yet.”