Rains provide relief from scorching heat

Heavy rains led to massive water logging in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar city on Thursday, 25 July 2019. Habib Naqash/GK

Heavy rains lashed Kashmir on Thursday providing relief from scorching heat wave. The Meteorological department has predicted that precipitation will continue over the next 24 hours across the state.

According to the MeT department, Srinagar recorded 36.7mm of rainfall, Qazigund 7.2mm, Pahalgam 6.8 mm, Kupwara 17.2mm, Kokernag 6.1mm and Gulmarg 25.2mm of rainfall. “Rainfall brought the maximum temperature down by some notches across Kashmir,” a MeT official said, adding that Srinagar recorded 24.6 degrees Celsius, Qazigund 22.8 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 20.8 degrees Celsius, Kupwara 24.9 degrees Celsius, Kokernag 22.8 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg 17.0 degrees Celsius, Leh 32.5 degrees Celsius and Kargil 34.3 degrees Celsius.

 “We expect fairly widespread to moderate rain/thundershowers across the state during next 24 hours,” he added.

The Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar- Leh National Highways remained open for traffic, while historic Mughal Road was closed, Superintendent of Police, Traffic, (Rural), Muzaffar Ahmad Shah told Greater Kashmir. He said a landslide has hit Mughal Road and clearance operation is underway.