Rain brings respite from scorching heat in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Aug 13: The weather has turned pleasant much to the delight of the people as the maximum temperature dipped several degrees due to rain that lashed the summer capital, Srinagar, and others parts of Kashmir since early Monday morning.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at most places in the state during the next 24 hours. “The weather is expected to remain wet during the subsequent 48 hours,” he added.
After witnessing hot and humid weather during the past about a week, rain lashed Srinagar since early Monday morning, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum temperature. The summer capital has witnessed above normal maximum and minimum temperature during the last about a week.
The spokesperson said skies will be partly cloudy to very light rain and thundershowers during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 29 degree and 18 degree, respectively.
Tourists, including foreigners, woke up to a pleasant Monday morning as rain lashed world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. “Despite rain, tourists are out on the slopes, enjoying horse riding and other activities in the ski resort. Last about a week was very hot and humid, but rain has brought much needed relief to the tourists, who are having a time of their life,” a hotelier said.
Rain also lashed Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and another tourist resort of Kukernag, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended due to landslides at various places, triggered by heavy rain since Monday morning.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also received incessant rain since early this morning, resulting in dip in the day temperature. Meanwhile, yatra to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was suspended from traditional Pahalgam track on Monday due to slippery conditions following rain.