Weather improves in Kashmir


Srinagar, Jun 13: Bright sunshine greeted people after close flood call due to intermittent incessant rains during the last 72 hours in Kashmir valley, where maximum temperature improved on Thursday.
However, a fresh weather warning has been issued for Sunday and Monday during which isolated thundershower, hailstorm with gusty winds with a speed of 30 to 40 km/hr would occur in Kashmir valley.
Incessant rain and gusty winds during the last 72 hours have damaged property, besides fruit crops and vegetables in many areas in Kashmir, where three people, including two women, were killed in two separate places after trees fell on them.
A Met department spokesperson said that isolated very light rain and thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours in the valley. “The weather will remain dry on Friday,” he said.
However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the state on Saturday.
“Under the influence of the WD , isolated thundershower, hailstorm with gusty winds with a speed of 30 to 40 km/hr would occur in Kashmir valley on Sunday and Monday,” he said, adding the weather will improve from Tuesday.
After the upper reaches in Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall on Wednesday morning, bright sunshine greeted tourists in the world famous ski resort, where Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC), is still covered under several feet of snow.
The water has receded from many villages in Tangmarg, which were flooded after major increase in the water level in Ferozpora Nallah due to incessant rains during the last 48 hours.
People woke up to a chilly Thursday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar, where night temperature settled slightly below normal due to overcast conditions. However, as the day progressed, sun came out from behind the cloudy, resulting in major improvement in the maximum temperature.
The water has receded from a number of main road, including in the civil lines, which were waterlogged on Wednesday with rain water due to poor drainage system.
Sunny weather also greeted tourist resort of Sonamarg in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, where tourists on Wednesday experienced fresh snowfall.
Weather also improved in world famous health resort of Pahalgam, which received incessant rain on Wednesday. The upper heights near the holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Panjterni, Mahaguns and Pisso top on traditional Pahalgam track received fresh snowfall on Wednesday.