SRINAGAR — The Meteorological Department on Sunday forecast rainfall from May 5 to May 8 but ruled out any major rainfall in the next ten days in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Mainly dry and hot weather is expected till 4th May even as there is possibility of a brief spell of thundershower at isolated places mainly towards late afternoon,” Director Meteorological department Sonam Lotus said.
“Thereafter, light to moderate rain/thundershower is expected at scattered to fairly widespread places during May 5 (afternoon) to 8. There’s no forecast of any major rainfall till next 10 days.”
He said the expected weather may lead to temporary disruption of traffic on Banihal-Ramban area mainly during May 6 to 8.
Regarding Ladakh, he said mainly dry weather is expected till May 4. “Thereafter, light to moderate rain/snowfall on higher reaches (especially on Drass-Zojila axis, some area of Zanskar is expected during May 5 (afternoon) to May 8th. However there’s no forecast of any major rainfall till next 10 days,” he said, adding, “It may lead to temporary disruption of traffic on Zojila area mainly during May 6-8th.”
The weather department had also issued ‘yellow warning’ for “isolated lightning/thundershowers with gusty wind 30- 40-kmph” for both Jammu and Kashmir divisions from May 1 to 6.
There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow — situation to be watched, amber — government agencies need to be prepared for severe weather and red — action needed by the agencies.
Meanwhile, an official from meteorological department said that Srinagar recorded a low of 11.6°C against 9.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.9°C above normal for this time of the season in the capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 8.6°C against previous night’s 7.3°C and it was above normal by 0.1°C in the area.
Mercury settled at 4.9°C against 3.8°C on the previous night in Pahalgam. The temperature was normal for this time of the season.
Kokernag recorded a low of 8.8°C against normal of 8.4°C and last night’s 6.2°C.
Kupwara recorded a low of 7.8°C against 6.3°C on the previous night and the temperature was below normal by 0.6°C for this time of the season in the district.
Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of 6.5°C against 3.0°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 2.2°C above normal in the resort. (GNS)