Rains continue in Kashmir; mercury stays below normal



Rainy weather continued across Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, with mercury continuing to stay below normal by 5 to 13 degrees Celsius, even as people were seen wearing light woollens and jackets.

The summer capital, Srinagar, recorded a maximum temperature of 18.2 degrees Celsius, which was 10.2 degrees below the average. Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a maximum temperature of 20.0 degrees Celsius, which was 7.0 degrees below the normal. The tourist resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest in the Valley with a high of 8.6 degrees Celsius.

The border town of Kupwara recorded a maximum of 17.7 degrees Celsius. Kokernag and Pahalgam recorded high temperatures of 19.5°C and 13.8°C respectively. Meanwhile, Jammu City, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 33.9 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in the city was 4.5 degrees below the normal for this time of the year.

Katra town experienced similar conditions, recording a high temperature of 29.6 degrees Celsius. Bhaderwah, Batote and Banihal recorded maximum temperatures of 17.0 degrees Celsius, 18.5 degrees Celsius and 17.0 degrees Celsius respectively.—Agencies