Light rains to continue for next four days: Weatherman
By: Owais Gul
Srinagar: Kashmir parts on Friday evening heave a sigh of relief from the scorching heat after most areas of the Valley received light rainfall while the day temperature continued to remain above normal for the fourth straight day here.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius today, which was a few notches below yesterday.
The winter capital of the Union Territory, as per the officials from Meteorological department received fresh rainfall last night, which brought relief from the scorching heat, saying that the maximum temperature in Jammu has settled at 37.3 degrees Celsius.
In Kashmir division, Kupwara was once again hottest in the region where the temperature settled at 34.5 degrees Celsius.
In Anantnag, the day temperature settled at 32.2 degree Celsius while in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama, it recorded 28.7, 30.4 and 33.2 degrees Celsius respectively. In Bandipora, another northern district, it recorded 32.7 degrees Celsius today. Budgam in central Kashmir recorded 33.9 degree Celsius temperature today.
In Jammu region, Kathua, Kishtwar, Ramban, Poonch, Samba and Udhampur recorded 35.7, 35.2, 36.7, 31.4, 37.0 and 36.4 degrees Celsius respectively today.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad said they are expecting light rains/thunderstorms in the next four-five days across Kashmir.
“There has been relief from the scorching heat in Jammu after rainfall last evening while the heat wave would end in Kashmir also from tomorrow as we are forecasting light rains from Friday evening,” he said.
Moreover, a windstorm has wreaked havoc in some areas of Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir.
In Natipora main chowk, a rooftop of a complex was damaged in the strong winds, witnesses said, adding that in Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam in South Kashmir, some houses and buildings also suffered damage as the rooftops were blown away by the strong winds.
In the northern district, Baramulla-Srinagar highway remained briefly shut after a tree fell down on the main road in Pattan area due to strong winds, sources said.
In Baramulla district, the hailstorm damaged crops in Rafiabad, Sopore and Zaingeer Belt including Duroo, Botingoo, Dangerpora, Warpora and Watlab, causing damage to the crops, houses and vehicles. (KNO)