Srinagar: Kashmir was lashed with heavy rainfall on Saturday resulting in a drop in the daytime temperature, Meteorological (MeT) officials said.
The MeT said intermittent rain is very likely to continue at most places of J&K.
The data issued by MeT said that the day temperature in summer capital Srinagar was at 12.3 °C, some 5 degrees below normal. On Friday, the day temperature in the summer capital was 18 °C. Srinagar recorded 10.4 mm rains during the day.
The winter capital Jammu recorded 19.6 mm rains.
The MeT predicted cloudy and wet weather for the next five days.
It said weather is likely to remain partly to generally cloudy on Sunday and there is a possibility of a brief spell of rain or thunderstorm towards evening at scattered places.
From April 3-6, intermittent rain or thunderstorms are predicted at many places.
“Thunderstorm may be accompanied by strong gusty winds,” the MeT said.
The weather department has asked farmers to postpone spraying and irrigation till April 6.
The day temperature in Qazigund in south Kashmir was recorded at 12 °C, some 5 notches below normal.
North Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara near the Line of Control recorded 12 °C temperature during the day.
The tourist resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag recorded day temperature of 7.8°C, nearly 7 degrees below normal.
The day temperature at the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was 3.8 °C. Last night the minimum temperature was 0.8 °C.
The maximum temperature in Jammu was recorded at 19 °C some 11 degrees below normal.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir’s rainfall shortage has continued into March, with the area experiencing a deficit of 48 pc during the month.
According to independent weather observer Faizan Arif, this marks the third year in a row that March has suffered from a lack of rain.
“Between 1 and 31 March , Jammu and Kashmir recorded a meager 78.9 mm of rainfall, which is significantly below the average of 152.9 mm,” he said, adding,” Ladakh remained deficient by a staggering 73 pc, with just 1.1 mm of rainfall recorded against an average of 4.0 mm.”
March is when the Kashmir region receives the most rainfall and snowfall, with heavy snowfall in the higher areas contributing to the growth of its glaciers.
“While this year’s March has seen an improvement compared to that of the previous year’s March, the overall trend remains concerning,” Faizan said