Widespread rains wet J&K

Jammu and Kashmir saw widespread rainfall with Srinagar experiencing the highest precipitation in the last 24 hours, leading to a drop in temperature across the region, a Srinagar based news agency.

According to officials from the Meteorological Department (MeT), Srinagar received 25.2 mm of rain until 8:30 am followed by Banihal with 20.4 mm, Pahalgam 17.8 mm, Gulmarg 17.6 mm, Qazigund 13 mm, Kokernag 11 mm, Kupwara 8.9 mm, Bhaderwah 8.6 mm, Batote 4.8 mm, Katra 3.6 mm, and Jammu 1.7 mm.

The night temperatures also witnessed a dip, with Srinagar recording a minimum of 8.2 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 9.8 degrees Celsius, which was 2.1 degrees Celsius above normal.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 8.4 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 5 degrees Celsius, Kokernag 7.7 degrees Celsius, and Kupwara 7.3 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Jammu recorded a minimum of 19.6 degrees Celsius, which was 3 degrees Celsius above normal.

Banihal recorded a low of 10.4 degrees Celsius, Batote 10.1 degrees Celsius, and Bhaderwah 9.6 degrees Celsius.

The MeT has forecast fairly widespread light to moderate rain, snow, or thundershowers over J&K during the next 24 hours.

On March 31, J&K is expected to experience partly to generally cloudy weather with intermittent light rain or snow at a few places.

Generally, dry weather has been forecast thereafter until April 5.

The continuous spell of rain has brought respite from the dry weather conditions prevalent in the region and is expected to have a positive impact on agricultural activities in the coming days.

Earlier in the day, J&K Disaster Management Authority issued a medium-danger level avalanche warning for four districts of the Kashmir division – Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, and Ganderbal.

“Avalanche with medium danger level is likely to occur above 2400 metres over Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, and Baramulla districts in the next 24 hours,” the JKDMA said here.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of lightning over the plains of J&K on March 29 and 30.

It also informed about the possibility of a hailstorm with gusty winds in the plains of J&K on March 30.