Snow on upper reaches, rain in plains resulting cold in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 22 (UNI) The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced snowfall while plains, including the summer capital, had rains resulting in a considerable drop in the temperature.

The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway and 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway are open despite rains.

An official of the Gandola cable car project Ghulam Rasool told UNI over the phone from Gulmarg that Affarwat and other upper reaches in the world famous ski resort experienced snowfall last night.

He said Gulmarg and Kongdori had rains, resulting in a considerable drop in the temperature.

The snowfall had added to the joy of tourists who had come from different parts of the country, he said.

The higher reaches in Sonamarg and Zojila, on the Srinagar- Drass, the world's coldest place after Siberia, also had snowfall since early this morning.

About six inches to one feet of snowfall was recorded at holy Amarnath cave shrine and its immediately periphery, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjtherni.

Reports of light snowfall were also received from other upper reaches in the valley.

Srinagar and its adjoining areas had rains this morning resulting in cold, forcing people to wear woolen.

The drop in the temperature was witnessed after hot and humid weather during the past one week, which forced people to switch on fans again.

Srinagar also recorded deficit rainfall during the monsoon this summer as against an average 175 mm rainfall, the summer capital has recorded 161 mm rainfall since June first.

The weather record of the past 10-12 years suggest increase in the temperature because of the global warming.

On June 23, 1990, the maximum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 36.0 degree Celsius while it was 36.5 degree Celsius on June 24 last year weather records said.

It said the highest ever maximum temperature recorded in the state's summer capital during the past 80 years was 37.8 degree Celsius on June 29, 1978.

UNI

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