SRINAGAR: The prolonged dry spell came to an end in the Valley as several places including Zojila, Razdan top, Gulmarg received the season’s first snowfall. Meanwhile, overnight rains lashed plains across Kashmir, bringing down the mercury while the Meteorological Department (MeT) has predicted a two-day wet spell from September 28.

The overnight rainfall lashed Kashmir parts at a time when most parts of the Valley had received deficient precipitation during the past two months including August and September, which led to the reduction in water level in the major water bodies including river Jhelum, Doodhganga and others.

The reduction in water level had also caused water scarcity in many places while the government has stated that in absence of rainfall, the water supply is not being supplied adequately. “We have been supplying the water to the consumers as per the availability. But it is a fact that the water is not being supplied to the consumers like the way they were getting previously,” in Charge Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti department, Sanjeev Malhotra said.

“The weather conditions have not changed much, but there is a possibility of a two-day wet spell from September 28. The light rains are expected on September 28-29,” Director Meteorological department, Sonum Lotus said.

He, however, added that there is no forecast of any major wet spell till the end of this month. “No major change is expected in coming days, but the minimum temperature would likely go down by one or two degree Celsius while no major decline is expected.”

Giving further details, Lotus said that there is a possibility of rains at isolated places of J&K tomorrow while the weather would remain mainly dry on September 27-28

“Overall, there is no forecast of any major rain or snowfall for next one week,” he said—(KNO)


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