Hindustan Times (Jammu)

Weatherman predicts rain for a week in J&K

- HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com :

The meteorolog­ical department has predicted a week of rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir from Wednesday.

Light to moderate rains will lash the plains in Kashmir and the Pir Panjal region as winds blowing from the Mediterran­ean, the western disturbanc­e, will bring moisture to the region, the department said.

“Light to moderate rains will start on Wednesday night and there will be widespread precipitat­ion till April 18,” said meteorolog­ist Mohammad Hussain Mir.

Mir said the spell will not be continuous but there will be intermitte­nt pauses. “Most rainfall will take place in the plains while hilly areas like Gulmarg and Pahalgam may receive rain as well as snowfall,” he said.

There will be a break in precipitat­ion on April 19 after which another weather system will hit the region.

“Another western disturbanc­e will bring rainfall again on April 21 and 22,” he said.April has already witnessed a few wet spells in the Valley. After a relatively hot February, March had mostly remained cold and rainy with intermitte­nt precipitat­ion across Jammu and Kashmir.The day temperatur­e in Srinagar on Monday was 17.6°C against a normal of 20°C while the night temperatur­e was 8.6°C. Kupwara had recorded a high of 20.2°C on Monday and 6.5°C during the intervenin­g night of Monday and Tuesday.

“The day temperatur­es will not drop much. The temperatur­e will hover around 10-12°C during wet weather,” Mir said.

Kashmir experience­d the harshest winter in 30 years with temperatur­es plunging to record levels in the month of January. On January 31, Srinagar had recorded - 8.8°C, the lowest temperatur­e since January 1991.


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