Srinagar: After witnessing above normal day temperature due to sunshine, the weather yet again changed abruptly in the evening even as rain lashed the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley.
However, barring Srinagar, the night temperature remained below normal across the valley, where uncertain weather continued even as people enjoyed sunshine during the day followed by rain and hailstorm in the evening almost every day during the past about a week.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and thundershowers would occur at some places in the valley during the next 36 hours.
He said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, would hit the region on Saturday evening. ”This WD would result in another spell of wet weather for at least three days from Sunday,” he said.
He said there is a prediction of thundershowers, lightning and hail with gusty winds (30-40 km/hour) at isolated places in the valley throughout this week.
People woke up to a sunny Thursday morning in Srinagar, where streets and markers remained deserted for the 22th successive day due to COVID curfew that was extended for another week till May 24 to curtail the spread of the virus. However, as the day progressed, clouds covered the skies in the evening followed by winds and moderate to heavy rain, resulting in dip in the day temperature. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was slight above normal at 25.2 degree, which is considered normal around this time of the year.
Sun played hide and seek at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, followed by light rain the evening, resulting in dip in the day temperature. The maximum temperature at the ski resort, which remained deserted due to COVID curfew since April 29, settled at 16 degree, which is slightly below normal.
Light rain in the evening was also reported at the world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir. The maximum temperature at the resort, which also remained deserted due to COVID lockdown, settled at 22 degree, which is marginally above normal.
Rain lashed other parts of the valley, including north, central and south Kashmir in the evening after a sunny day. The maximum temperatures at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara and tourist resort of Kokernag settled above normal due to sunshine. (UNI)