Srinagar: Overnight rainfall reduced the night-time temperatures across Jammu & Kashmir and the Met (Metrological Department) has predicted isolated to scattered rains and thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.
The summer capital Srinagar received 12.2 mm of rain in 24 hours till 8:30 a.m. today and recorded a low of 13.2°C against 13.6°C on the previous night while the winter capital Jammu received 2.0mm of rain and recorded a low of 22.6°C against 26.6°C on the previous night. The night temperature of the Jammu region was recorded 2.3°C below normal.
Topographically, the region is home to four main Himalayan ranges; Pir Panjal, Karakoram, Zanskar, Ladakh.
The plains of Jammu are an extension plains of Shivalik hills, a mountain range of the outer Himalayas which merges into Pir Panjal range. The Pir Panjal range separates the Jammu region from Kashmir valley.
North Kashmir’s world famous skiing destination Gulmarg had 18.4 mm of rainfall, overnight and recorded a low of 4.0°C against 8.0°C on the previous night, a metrological department official said.
“7.1°C is normal temperature of Gulmarg during this time of the season and it was 3.1°C below normal,” he said.
However, South Kashmir’s top tourist destination Pahalgam have recorded 4.2°C above normal temperature during this time of the season and received 11.1 mm rainfall, he added.
Night-time temperatures in South Kashmir’s Kokernag and north Kashmir’s Kupwara were recorded above normal with 0.6 mm and 5.6 mm of rains respectively.
Kokernag recorded 12.1°C same as recorded on the previous night. It was 1.5°C above normal during this time of the season while as Kupwara recorded 12.8°C against 11.8°C on the previous night and the temperature was 2.2°C above normal, the official said.
Meanwhile, Qazigund (gateway town of Kashmir valley) received 3.2 mm of rainfall and 13.0°C against 10.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.3°C below normal for the, he said.
In Chenab Valley which lies between the middle and outer Himalayan range, Banihal had 1.2 mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 15.0°C; Batote received 4.3mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 13.7°C while Bhadarwah had 0.2mm of rainfall and recorded a minimum of 15.2°C.
(With GNS Inputs)