Heavy downpour forecast for Valley
Srinagar, Sep 7: With Jammu region witnessing heavy rainfall for the past 24 hours, Kashmir Valley is going to receive moderate to heavy showers in next two days, the Metrological Department forecast said on Friday.
Director MeT Department Sonam Lotus said the preset weather system would continue till September 9 and moderate to heavy rainfall would occur in the next two days in Kashmir valley. “It is because of the interaction with current monsoon that such weather conditions are prevailing in the state. The monsoons are active in north India and current conditions would continue till September 9,” he said.
Lotus said there is strong western disturbance which shall result into moderate to heavy downpour in the state. “There is nothing to worry about. It is a normal activity which would end in two days.”
He said other parts of the state have been also receiving moderate to heavy rainfall.
The prevailing weather conditions are, however, worrying the local farmers, who believe that heavy rainfall can be harmful for paddy at present.
“The present rains can damage our crops including paddy. Ripening is also going to be delayed if wet conditions prevail," said Ali Muhammad, a farmer in central Kashmir's Budgam district.
Lotus, however, said the weather would start improving from Monday onwards.
Pertinently, Kashmir has received deficit rainfall during May, June and July which resulted in drought-like conditions at some places, especially in north Kashmir.
September is usually regarded as dry and sunny during which most of paddy harvesting is undertaken across the Kashmir Valley.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Sep 2012 00:00:00 IST
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