Rains lash plains, higher reaches experience snowfall

Srinagar: Hundreds of tourists at Gulmarg were treated with a pleasant surprise Tuesday as the higher reaches of Kashmir Valley received snowfall — unusual for this time of the year — and the plains a bout of heavy rain, officials said here.
There was a light snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley including the Gulmarg bowl, the officials said.
They said tourists at the Gulmarg resort were delighted to witness snowfall and enjoyed the rare occurrence even though the temperature dropped suddenly close to the freezing point.
Meanwhile, rains lashed most parts of the valley. The rains were preceded by strong winds which uprooted many trees, causing damage to electricity supply network.
Meanwhile, the weatherman has forecast “isolated light rain/thunderstorm over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
Also, the night temperature recorded a drop across J&K a meteorological department official here said.
He said that Srinagar recorded a low of 12.5°C against 15.4°C on the previous night. The temperature, he said, was 1.1°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 9.4°C against 13.3°C on the previous night. The temperature was 0.8°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Pahalgam recorded a minimum of 5.8°C against 9.1°C last night. The temperature was 0.1°C below normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir during this time of the season, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of 10.9°C against 13.1°C on the previous night. It was 0.9°C above normal during this time of the season for the place in south Kashmir, the official said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 7.6°C against 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said. While 6.8°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 0.8°C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 10.0°C against 13.3°C on the previous night. The temperature was 0.1°C below normal for the district, the official told Global News Service.
Jammu recorded a low of 24.1°C against 30.5°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 14.0°C, Batote 17.3°C and Bhaderwah 11.7°C, the official added.

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