Fresh snowfall in some higher reaches of J&K

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 6/12/2017 10:43:31 AM

SRINAGAR, June 11: While Kashmir valley is witnessing the core summer period, fresh snowfall was witnessed in several upper reaches of the state on Sunday bringing the mercury down up to several degrees.
According to state meteorological department snowfall was received in several areas along hilly regions of Bhaderwah and Pir Panjal, rainfall along with thunderstorm occurred in several parts of Kashmir on Sunday resulting in an abrupt decline in the maximum and minimum temperature in several parts of the state.
The director meteorological department Sonam Lotus revealed that snowfall was received in upper reaches of Bhaderwah which caused a decrease in mercury across Kashmir region also. He said that the maximum and minimum temperature in Kashmir was settling at several degrees below normal bringing a respite from the otherwise hot scorching weather of the month of June.
"We have reports of snowfall in some higher reaches of Kashmir in Bhaderwah along with heavy rains. Moreover, heavy falls along with thunderstorm was witnessed in many places across North Kashmir also. The rain in plains and snow in higher reaches has caused a significant decline in temperature which has resulted in cool weather in Kashmir," Sonam said.
He added, "The maximum and minimum temperature in Kashmir has remained over 5 degrees below normal during past few days. The normal temperature recorded in Kashmir in the beginning of the month of June is around 30 to 33 degrees Celsius."
The met department revealed that Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 26.7 degrees Celsius and a night temperature of 10.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
The maximum temperature in Hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at 22.3 degrees Celsius while the night temperature recorded was 6.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
A Maximum temperature of 12.8 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 4.6 degrees Celsius were recorded in Gulmarg on Saturday.
Met department had predicted light to moderate rainfall along with thunderstorm in isolated places of the state during next few days.
"It is difficult to predict the weather at present because weather has remained fluctuating. There is likely to be rain along with heavy falls in Kashmir and Leh areas. There has been excess in precipitation in past few months but overall weather has remained stable. There has been a significant drop in temperature in areas of Leh also," Director Met office said.



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