Met predicts rainy weather till Tuesday, rules out flood threat

Meteorological department has predicted erratic weather in Kashmir till Tuesday while ruling out a flood-like situation.

The rain forecast comes at a time when the Valley has witnessed intermittent spells of rainfall and temperature is lower than the normal average at this time of the year.

“The weather will remain erratic till Tuesday,” Director MeT Department Sonam Lotus told Greater Kashmir. “There will be light intermittent rains during this period.”

He said that frequency of rains would be very less in comparison to precipitation recorded two days ago.

“There won’t be any flood like situation. There is nothing to worry about,” he said.

The western disturbances, he said, were the major cause of rain and snow in Kashmir.

“They usually begin as low-pressure systems near the Arabian sea. The WDs pick up moisture from various sources including the Arabian Sea and on encountering the Himalayas they shed the moisture as precipitation in the form rain,” Lotus said.

Lotus said that this year, some of the disturbances “incurred significant moisture” from the Arabian Sea.

On Wednesday, a rare snowfall was experienced in the higher reaches and at a tourist resort, while the rest of the Valley received heavy rainfall overnight that raised the water level in the Jhelum and its tributaries.

The tributaries of the Jhelum, which are infamous for flash floods of 2014, also registered a drastic rise in their water levels and washed away bridges in several parts of the region.

The unexpected snowfall was received at Sonamarg resort of, its adjoining higher reaches and also in Drass, Kargil and Zanskar towns in Ladakh division.

MeT officials said during last 24 hours Srinagar has no rains while as Qazigund recorded 1.4mm of rainfall, Pahalgam 10.3 mm, Kupwara 0.6mm and Kokernag 3.6mm of rainfall.