SRINAGAR: The Meteorological Department has forecast generally dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir until April 25, with the possibility of afternoon thundershowers and hailstorm activity during this period.

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Srinagar is a huge city that is home to nearly two million people. It lives on the two banks of the Jhelum River, the Dal Lake and even within the river. This is a bird’s view of part of Srinagar city as captured in April 2023. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

In light of the forecast, the weather department has advised farmers to resume farm operations from today.

A meteorological department official said on Sunday that from April 21-25, generally dry weather is expected, with the possibility of afternoon thundershowers and isolated hailstorm activity.

From April 26-28, the official said, there is a possibility of generally cloudy weather with light to moderate rain and light snow over higher reaches, accompanied by thunder in most places.

From April 29-30, generally cloudy weather with light rain and thunder in many places has been predicted.

Regarding temperatures, the official reported that Srinagar recorded a minimum of 8.4°C, which was 0.5°C below normal for this time of the year. Qazigund recorded a minimum of 9.2°C, Pahalgam recorded a low of 2.9°C, Kokernag recorded a minimum of 8.3°C, Kupwara town recorded a low of 6.5°C, and Gulmarg recorded a low of 0.0°C.

In Jammu, the official said, the minimum temperature was recorded at 17.1°C, while Banihal recorded a low of 9.2°C, Batote 8.7°C, and Bhaderwah 7.7°C. (GNS)


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