Weather to improve from today: MeT

Intermittent rains lashed Kashmir on the second consecutive day today even as the MeT department predicted “significant” improvement in the weather from Saturday afternoon.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said there is “no forecast of any significant weather activity for next one week to ten days” in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per MeT data, Srinagar recorded 3.7 millimetre rainfall, Qazigund 8.6 mm, Gulmarg 17.8 mm, Kokernag 8.8 mm, Kupwara 4.4 mm, Jammu 10.3 mm, Banihal  8 mm, Batote 7.6 mm and Katra  17.6 mm  from Thursday morning to 5:30 pm on Friday.

Summer capital Srinagar recorded 20.8 degree Celsius temperature, ski-resort Gulmarg 13.4 degree.

Due to rainfall since Thursday there were landslides at various places on 270-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar National Highway causing disruption in the traffic.

With the recent spell of rainfall, farmers in Kashmir heaved a sigh of relief as the continued dry spell had threatened paddy crop.

It may be recalled that J&K has witnessed 54 per cent deficit in rainfall from June 1 to August 17.