Temperature dips after rain, snowfall in J&K

Intermittent rains continued to lash Kashmir for the second day on Monday even as the upper reaches experienced fresh light snowfall dipping the Mercury.

The rains also resulted in a dip in the temperature by a few degrees forcing people to go for warm outfits.

A MeT department official said Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 12 degrees Celsius while south Kashmir’s tourist resort Pahalgam recorded minimum temperature of 7.4 degrees Celsius. He said north Kashmir’s ski resort Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of 3.8 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minimum temperature of 10.0 degrees.

Leh in frontier Ladakh region recorded a minimum temperature of 6.8 degree Celsius while nearby Kargil town recorded 11.0 degrees, he said.

The official said the unexpected decrease in temperature occurred due to Western Disturbance. The downpour led to increase in water level of rivers, lakes and streams.

Meanwhile, due to inclement weather, Srinagar-Leh road was closed for vehicular traffic on Monday just a day after it was reopened after five months. According to IGP Traffic, in view of inclement weather and the fact that the road condition has deteriorated, no kind of vehicular traffic shall be allowed from Sonamarg to Kargil and vice versa till further orders.

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