Srinagar, Jun 5: Weather turns pleasant as strong winds followed by heavy showers brought the mercury down much to the delight of people in the most parts of the Kashmir valley, where the Met department had predicted heat wave after maximum temperature surged several notches above normal.
Srinagar — where people were demanding summer vacations after recording the hottest day of the season so far on June 3 when the maximum temperature surged and settled at 35 degree, eight notches above normal — witnessed dip in the temperature due to strong winds following by rain Tuesday afternoon.
The Power Development Department (PDD) has also spanned power supply in many areas, including uptown, as a precautionary measure.
The Met department spokesperson had said that there is no respite in sight from the unusually high temperatures in the Valley over the next few days.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet had also said, “It certainly feels like a heat wave, declared or undeclared.”
However, heavy winds followed by incessant rains resulted in considerable dip in the maximum temperature in the valley, including Srinagar, which recorded the hottest day of the season so far at 35 degree on Sunday. Meanwhile, other places in the valley had also witnessed 6 to 8 degree above normal day temperature in the last couple of days.
After witnessing an average 7 degree above normal maximum temperature during the past couple of days in the summer capital, Srinagar, the day temperature dipped considerably due to heavy rain in the afternoon. “I love it when the met department gets it wrong & we get an unexpected break in the heat wave. The smell of the rain on the hot ground,” Abdullah wrote on twitter.
The maximum temperature at world ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, also turned pleasant much to the delight of the tourists, who are having a time of their lives. “We came from Delhi and it is very hot and humid there these days. When we reached here on Monday, the temperature was already as compared to Delhi. But today due to the rain, the temperature has turned pleasant and we are fortunate to enjoy such a weather,” Kanika Mehta, a tourist from Delhi, said.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also received rain in the afternoon, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.
Weather also turned pleasant in other parts of the valley, including Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag.
Trees uprooted due to strong winds
Traffic on the Srinagar-Baramulla road was disrupted for hours after several trees were uprooted due to strong winds Tuesday afternoon followed by rain in most part in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday.
Official sources said that several trees were uprooted on Baramulla road this afternoon due to strong winds.
Hundreds of vehicles got stranded on the road at different places while others were diverted through other routes.
However, personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir police immediately swung into action and removed the trees by cutting them.
Traffic was later restored on the road after several hours.
A police spokesman taking to micro blogging site twitter said “A lot of trees got uprooted due to high speed windstorm in #Baramulla. @BaramullaPolice swung into action and cleared the roads of fallen trees. @JmuKmrPolice @KashmirPolice @DIGBaramulla”.