Srinagar records lowest June temperature in nearly 50 years

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Higher reaches in J&K and Ladakh have received fresh snowfall during the last 3 days. Chilly wind blowing into the Valley from snow-clad mountains has pushed the temperature down in the hinterland….reports Asian Lite News

Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city on Tuesday recorded maximum of 15 degrees Celsius – the coldest June temperature in nearly a half century.

A Met department official said that Srinagar city’s maximum temperature was the coldest June day temperature since 1975.

“Tuesday’s maximum temperature is 14.2 degrees below normal. A temperature of 15 degrees Celsius is very common in February in Srinagar,” the official said.

Higher reaches in J&K and Ladakh have received fresh snowfall during the last 3 days. Chilly wind blowing into the Valley from snow-clad mountains has pushed the temperature down in the hinterland.

Weather office has forecast improvement from Wednesday afternoon onwards.

A Kashmiri fisherman throws net in Dal Lake to catch fishes in Srinagar. (Photo Nisar Malik IANS)

Incessant rainfall

Water level in all the major and minor rivers and tributaries in Jammu and Kashmir rose sharply on Wednesday due to incessant rainfall during the last 48 hours as authorities closed schools in six districts to avoid any mishap.

Water level in the Tawi River in Jammu division, Jhelum, Sindh stream, Lidder, Doodhganga, Rambiyari, Vishow, Sukhna, Ferozepora and Pohru streams in Kashmir rose sharply during the last 24 hours as the authorities set up helplines for the general public.

Facing an unprecedented dry spell during the last three months, rain was welcomed by the people in the Valley till it started threatening areas with flood and inundation.

Low-lying areas in Srinagar city are already facing waterlogging while sloppy mountainsides in the rest of the Valley are threatened by flash floods, mudslides, etc.

Both Srinagar-Jammu and the Mughal Road that connect Kashmir with the Jammu division are closed due to landslides and shooting stones.

The Meteorological (MeT) department has forecast a decrease in rainfall intensity as the day progresses.

“Significant improvement from today’s forenoon. From June 23rd onwards, there is no forecast of any major rainfall till next one week.

“Warning: Due to continuous rain since last few days, landslide, flash flood has occurred at many vulnerable places, mainly in hilly areas. People are once again advised to travel on Srinagar-Jammu, Mughal Road, etc., only after confirming the Road Status from Traffic Police. Avoid going/working near Sloppy Nallas as Flash Flood often occurs suddenly,”, the MeT office advisory said.

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