Srinagar: Rain and thunderstorm lashed Kashmir on Thursday afternoon with meteorological centre Srinagar predicting “hot and warm weather turning overcast especially towards late afternoon” for next 3-4 days in Kashmir. In Srinagar and elsewhere, strong winds followed by thunderstorms and rains caused a dip in temperature.
A MeT official in a statement said the same weather conditions are likely to prevail in next 3-4 days. “Hot & warm weather turning overcast especially towards late afternoon which is normal April-June weather in J&K and at times in Ladakh. No forecast of any continuous rain/snow for next one week,” it said.
He, however, said that short but intense showers are often accompanied by strong winds and are often difficult to predict precisely 1-2 days in advance. “Would recommend a brief halt at safer places especially on Sonmarg-Zojila axis as d places are vulnerable to shooting stone/landslide,” he added.
Meanwhile, night temperature recorded an increase in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that Srinagar recorded a low of 12.2°C against 10.4°C on the previous night. The temperature, he said, was 2.9°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 9.0°C against 7.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.2°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of 11.6°C against 7.9°C on the previous night. It was 3.5°C above normal during this time of the season for the place in south Kashmir, the official said.
Pahalgam recorded a minimum of 6.4°C against 3.8°C last night. The temperature was 2.0°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir during this time of the season, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 8.0°C against 5.4°C on the previous night, the official said. While 4.2°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 3.8°C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 9.6°C against 7.9°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.8°C above normal for the district, the official told Global News Service.
Jammu recorded a low of 23.9°C against 21.7°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 2.0°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 11.6°C, Batote 16.1°C and Bhaderwah 13.2°C, the official said. GNS