Long dry spell likely to end in Kashmir as MET forecasts rain

Srinagar, Aug 25: Jammu & Kashmir is expected to receive widespread rainfall from Wednesday, after an extended dry spell since May, which led to a surge in day temperatures in the Valley, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The rainfall is expected to continue for next few days, it said. 
“The rainfall will move forward towards east later in the day on Tuesday,” an IMD official said. He said the Kashmir Valley will receive rainfall by Wednesday morning.
Director Meteorology Sonam Lotus told news agency Kashmir Dot Com- (KDC) that because of the prolonged dry spell, the day temperatures have risen sharply in the valley and on August 17, Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 36.7 degree C, the highest in 39 years. “In August the maximum temperature recorded in Srinagar on 17th August was 36.7 C, which is the highest ever temperature recorded since 1946,” he said.

The deficient rainfall has hit maize and paddy cultivation in Kashmir and is also likely to impact the horticulture sector too. “If there will be good rainfall for a couple of days this time as predicted, it is going to be timely and will help fruits attain good size and colour,” said Zahoor Gulzar, an apple grower from Anantnag. (KDC)

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