Rains lash Kashmir


Rains lashed Kashmir Valley on Thursday after days of dry weather even as the minimum temperatures increased slightly across the valley with the MeT department predicting mainly dry weather in the coming days.

A man rows a shikara amid rainfall in famous Dal Lake Srinagar on Thursday, February 20, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Almost all places in Kashmir received rains during the night, a MeT department spokesman said here.

He said that the inclement weather will start from February 19 in some places of J&K and continue till Thursday evening and thereafter decrease gradually.

He added that as compared to the previous spells, the intensity of rains and snowfall will be low.

He said Srinagar city recorded the low of 3.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night up from 0.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The official said the ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg continued to be the coldest recorded place in the valley, he added.

The night temperature at Pahalgam resort, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, he said.

The official said Qazigund the gateway town to the valley – in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town, also in the south, recorded a low of 2.1 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in the north registered a minimum of 2.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Jammu city recorded 17.2 degrees Celsius, Katra 12.6, Batote 4.9, Banihal 3.2 and Bhaderwah 4.4 degree Celsius.


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