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Snowfall in HP, Kashmir; southwest monsoon revives over India

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New Delhi, June 17 (UNI) The upper reaches of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh experienced fresh spells of snowfall while rains brought down the temperature in the national capital today as the Met Department forecast revival of the southwest monsoon over the country.

Snowfall in the higher altitude areas of Kashmir valley, Drass and Kargil and Himachal Pradesh and intermittent rains in the plains resulted in severe cold conditions as the maximum and minimum temperature fell several degrees below normal.

Thundershowers and rain in the national capital this morning, which followed a squall last night, plummeted the maximum temperature to 34.4 degrees Celsius, from 39 degrees C yesterday.

Meanwhile, after playing truant since June 6, the southwest monsoon seems to be finally reviving over the country, the India Meteorological Department said. A satellite picture released by the IMD showed mass of white clouds heading towards Kerala, Karnataka and south Maharashtra coasts.

''There are favourable signals of revival of southwest monsoon activity over the south peninsula around June 19. Scattered rains have already commenced over Kerala, Coastal Karnataka and south Konkan and Goa. This activity is likely to increase during the next 2-3 days and subsequently extend northwards along the West Coast,'' the IMD said.

Snowfall in the upper reaches and rains in the plains resulted in considerable drop in the temperature in Jammu and Kashmir.

The maximum temperature in the day was recorded at 24.8 degree C, four degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was also three degrees below normal. A report from Kargil said that upper reaches in Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, and Kargil experienced snowfall. Tololing, Tiger Hills and several other heights also received snowfall.

There was snowfall in the periphery of the holy Amarnath cave.

Jammu region recorded the maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees against the normal of 42 degrees and minimum 22.7 degrees C against the normal of 28 degrees C.

Higher altitude areas of tribal districts of Kinnuar, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh experienced a fresh spell of mild snowfall during the last 24 hours.

Rohtang Pass, situated 13050 feet above sea level, Baralacha Pass and other higher mountain peaks in the Lahaul district, Saach Pass and higher reaches of Pangi and Bharmour and Kinner Kailesh in Kinnuar have been experiencing snowfall since the last 24 hours. Reports of rains were also received from Kangra town, Solan and Sirmaur districts, while it was cloudy over Shimla and its adjoining areas.

The IMD said rain/thundershowers were likely at many places over Western Himalayas, northeastern States, south central Maharashtra over the next three days.

Rains were also likely at a few places over West Bengal and Sikkim, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, north interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, north Konkan and Chhattisgarh and at isolated places over Bihar, Jharkhand, north central Maharashtra, Marathawada, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha. Duststorm/thunderstorm with isolated squall was likely at a few places over the plains of northwest India.

Fairly widespread rainfall occurred over north-eastern states over the last 24 hours and this activity was likely to continue for the next two-three days, the IMD said.

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