‘Wet weather to continue in Kashmir’

Srinagar, May 2: Chilly conditions prevailed following drop in the mercury due to rain in the Kashmir valley, where wet weather will continue during the next 24 hours.
A Met department spokesman said here on Thursday evening that there could be fairly widespread light rain and thundershowers in the Kashmir valley during the next 24 hours. Scattered to isolated light rain and thundershowers during the subsequent two days, he said.
Due to intermittent rain during the night, the minimum and maximum temperature recorded drop resulting in chilly conditions forcing people to wear sweaters and other warm cloths, including “Pheran” in areas near mountains.
The summer capital, Srinagar, where the civil secretariat, seat of the government, including the office of Governor, his advisors and top bureaucrats will reopen on Monday, witnessed drop in the mercury. The offices were closed in winter capital, Jammu last week.
Met spokesman said Srinagar recorded 18.7 degree maximum temperature which was 3.6 notches below normal. The minimum temperature was 7.4 degree, 2.3 notches below normal, he said. The sky would be partly cloudy with light rain and thundershowers and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 21 degree and 7 degree respectively during the next 24 hours. People were seen wearing warm cloths because of chilly winds.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, 100 km from here in south Kashmir recorded 3.9 degree minimum temperature, one degree below normal while the maximum today was 14.8 degree, 4.1 notches below normal. However, the water level in water bodies, including Lidder, which passes through Pahalgam, has started increasing.
Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national, also witnessed drop in the mercury. The minimum temperature there was 6.2 degree, 2.3 notches below normal while the maximum temperature was 17.5 degree, 4.1 degree below normal.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg recorded 2.5 degree minimum temperature which was 1.8 notches below normal. The maximum temperature was 9.6 degree, 3 degree below normal.
Kokernag and Kupwara also witnessed below normal temperature.
At Leh the maximum and minimum temperatures were 14.3 degree and 4.8 degree respectively while at border town of Kargil in Ladakh region the maximum and minimum temperatures were 17.8 degree and 3.6 degree respectively.
There could be very light rain or snow and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 12 degree and 4 degree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh.