J&K: Rains lash valley overnight

Srinagar, March 19 : Intermittent rainfall lashed Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir valley last night, the Meteorological (MeT) department said on Saturday. Kashmir has recorded hot and above normal temperatures in the last few days. The rainfall was recorded in most parts of the region and happened intermittently overnight. A forecast bulletin of the MeT said strong spell of rain and thunder hit Kashmir and higher reaches of J&K during the night. MeT said Srinagar received 6.0 mm of rainfall and recorded a minimum temperature of 10.7 degrees Celsius. The temperature was 6 degrees above normal for Srinagar. The frontier district of Kupwara received the highest rainfall of 18.5 mm. Kupwara recorded a low of 8.1 degrees Celsius against 6.2 degrees on the previous night. The tourist resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded 14.2 mm rainfall. The resort recorded a minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Pahalgam, the tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 6.9 degrees Celsius against 2.0°C last night. Qazigund in south Kashmir recieved no rain and the minimum temperature was recorded at a low of 9 degrees Celsius. On Friday, Pahalgam and Qazigund broke the all-time record of highest temperature in March. Pahalgam recorded a maximum temperature of 24.3 degrees Celsius on Friday, which was 12.1 degrees above the average. The previous record was 23.9 degrees Celsius, set on March 30, 2018. Qazigund on Friday recorded a high temperature of 27.8 degrees Celsius, which was 13.1 degrees above the average for this time of the year. The previous record was 27.0 degrees Celsius, set on March 31, 2018. Under the influence of a Western Disturbance, rain and thundershowers are expected at most places of Jammu and Kashmir till March 20. MJR ACL1323

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