Sleeve Up for Another Shower

KL Report

SRINAGAR

With clouds still hovering over Kashmir valley, the weather department Tuesday forecasted resurgent rains that are likely to lash valley on April 30.

As of now, rains that started drenching valley from Sunday night have stopped. “For the next two days, the weather will remain dry with possibility of rainfall at some places,” said Sonum Lotus, Director Meteorological Department.

But, said Lotus, dry spell is likely going to end on April 30 as another spell of shower will start in valley.”

Playing down the reports linking fresh spring showers with last year’s September rainfall, Lotus said, fresh precipitation is seasonal phenomenon and “one shouldn’t link it with September shower that created havoc in valley last year.”

Lotus linked the Sunday night shower with western disturbances that originate in Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The term is used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to describe an extra tropical storm (a localized phenomena with moisture usually carried in the upper atmosphere). This, Lotus said, led to weather uncertainty. “Weather requirement is different in Kashmir,” he said. “It is highly uncertain.”

Lotus said that the minimum temperature in all places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down since Sunday night.

From Thursday evening, he said, the valley is likely to witness light rainfall that may continue till May 2.  “But there is no need to panic,” he said, “as it won’t last long.”

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