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Heavy Rain Expected in Jammu and Kashmir: Check Weather Forecast

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Meteorological Department Issues Advisory for Expected Heavy Rains in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, July 7: The Meteorological Department in Srinagar has issued an advisory warning of widespread moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by thundershowers and lightning from July 7 to July 9.

According to Sonam Lotus, the Director of the Meteorological Department, the region is likely to experience heavy rainfall during July 8-9, with some areas in the Jammu Division expected to receive heavy to very heavy rain. The advisory also mentioned the possibility of heavy rain in certain parts of the Kashmir Division during this period, followed by a gradual decrease.

Lotus further cautioned that the anticipated weather system might impact the ongoing Sri Amarnathji Yatra pilgrimage. Additionally, there is a risk of a significant rise in water levels in rivers and local streams, potentially leading to flash floods, waterlogging, landslides, shooting stones, and mudslides in vulnerable areas. These conditions could disrupt surface transportation, particularly along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, Zojila Pass, and other major hilly roads. Furthermore, the advisory highlighted the likelihood of a sharp decline in daytime temperatures.

Earlier today, the Meteorological Department had predicted rain and thunderstorms but ruled out the possibility of major rainfall.

In terms of minimum temperatures, Srinagar recorded a low of 16.8°C, which was 0.9°C below the seasonal average for the summer capital. Qazigund registered a minimum temperature of 15.6°C, slightly lower than the average for this time of year. Pahalgam, a popular tourist destination in south Kashmir, experienced a minimum temperature of 10.1°C, significantly below normal. Similarly, Kupwara and Kokernag recorded temperatures below the seasonal average. Gulmarg, renowned for its skiing facilities, recorded a low of 10.2°C.

In Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature settled at 24.3°C, slightly lower than the average for this period. Other towns such as Banihal, Batote, Katra, and Bhaderwah reported temperatures either above or below the normal range.

Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil recorded minimum temperatures of 7.8°C and 13.4°C, respectively.

The Meteorological Department has advised residents and travelers to take necessary precautions during this period of inclement weather and to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts.

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