Srinagar: Climate conditions are favorable for the southwest monsoon to advance into Jammu and Kashmir over the next 48 hours, an official in the MeT (Metrological department) said on Wednesday.
The regional climate of the Himalayan region of Kashmir is mostly predominated by the southwest monsoons and the western disturbances and the southwest monsoons enter Kashmir from the southwest through the mountainous passes.
“Conditions are favourable for the arrival of monsoon into J&K during 30th June-1st July,” the official said.
He also said that the weather to be hot and dry throughout J&K today.
Regarding subsequent five days, he said, light to moderate rain were “very likely” at many places in J&K "mainly in plains of Jammu region."
Last week, Rainfall spelled disaster in some parts of the Kashmir region this past week as incessant downpours increased the water levels of its rivers and streams reaching dangerous marks. The Jhelum river was put on a flood alert and flash floods hit some areas. Moreover, a local guide and a tourist died near the banks of Tarsar lake.
However, the night temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir kept rising. Srinagar recorded 21.5°C against 19.0°C on the previous night. The temperature, he said, was 4.3°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Whereas, Qazigund recorded 18.0°C against 15.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.3°C ‘below’ normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.
The mercury settled at 14.6°C against 13.2°C on the previous night in South Kashmir’s top tourist destination, Pahalgam and the temperature was 3.9°C above normal during this time of the season, he said.
Kokernag recorded 18.7°C against 17.1°C on the previous night. It was 3.4°C above normal for the place in south Kashmir during this time of the season, the official said.
North Kashmir’s skiing resort, Gulmarg recorded 13.5°C against 12.0°C on the previous night, the official said. While 11.4°C is normal for the place during this time of the season, He said that the temperature was 2.1°C above normal.
Kupwara town saw a low of 17.7°C against 16.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.3°C above normal for the district, the official said.
In Chenab valley. Banihal recorded 20.8°C, Batote 21.3°C, Bhadarwah had a minimum of 20.0°C, the official said.
Jammu recorded a low of 31.2°C against 29.9°C on the previous night, the official said and the temperature was 3.5°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, while Katra had 29.0°C during the night.
(With GNS Inputs)