Upper reaches in Kashmir, Drass, Kargil have fresh snowfall
Srinagar, June 17 (UNI) Fresh snowfall on upper reaches in Kashmir valley, Drass and Kargil and intermittent rains in plains resulted in severe cold as the maximum and manimum temperature fell several degree below normal.
There will be no change in the weather in the next few days as the West Disturbances (WD) are not moving from Jammu and Kashmir, a weather office spokesman told UNI.
He said the presence of WD in the region causes snowfall and rains. This is for the first time that WD remained in the region for such a long period during this time of the season, he said adding normally the WD use to remain for one or two days before moving towards Himachal Pradesh.
Asked about the continuous snow on upper reaches and rains in the plains almost daily for the past fortnight, he said due to heat, WD moves a bit but when the sun sets it become cold resulting in snowfall and rains.
The spokesman said snowfall on upper reaches and rains in the plains had resulted in considerable drop in the temperature.
The maximum temperature in the day was recorded at 24.8 degree Celcius which was four degree below normal, he said adding similarly the minimum temperature was also three degree below normal.
He said Jammu region is also experiencing the same weather conditions as the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.5 degree against normal of 42 degree and minimum 22.7 degrees against normal of 28 degrees.
He said light snowfall was experienced at Mahaguns, Panjtherni and Zojibal resulting in cold. There was also snowfall in the periphery of holy Amarnath cave, he added.
A report from Kargil said that upper reaches in Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, and Kargil also experienced snowfall resulting in considerable drop in temperature forcing people to wear warm clothes.
It said the Tololing, Tiger Hills and several other heights also had fresh snowfall.
A resident, Ghulam Nabi told UNI over the phone from Drass that people were using room heaters to keep themselves warm from the icy cold winds sweeping the area.
However, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained opened for traffic despite rains. The highway was reopened last month after remaining closed for six winter months due to snowfall.
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