Amid rains, Srinagar records coldest June day in 48 years

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SRINAGAR — The continuous intermittent rainfall across Kashmir has brought the winter chill again in Kashmir as the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, on Tuesday recorded the coldest day of June in nearly five decades at 15.0 degrees Celsius.

Amid the intermittent rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir, the mercury settled below normal at many places including Srinagar, Qazigund, Pahalgam, Kupwara, Kokernag, Jammu, Banihal, Batote, Bhaderwah and Katra.

Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT), Mukhtar Ahmad said that the weather conditions would improve from tomorrow afternoon.

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The temperature, however, plummeted at many places in Jammu and Kashmir while the independent weather forecaster, Faizan Arif Keng said that Srinagar recorded the coldest June day at 15.0 degrees Celsius in the last 48 years.

The maximum temperature in Srinagar was below 14.2 degrees Celsius than normal, he said, adding that today’s temperature is very common in February for Srinagar.

Kupwara recorded a maximum temperature of 14.3 degrees Celsius, which is over 11.3 degrees Celsius below normal. Jammu, the winter capital of the Union territory, also recorded below normal temperature today at 24.7 degrees Celsius (13.5 below normal).

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Meanwhile, the traffic on either side of the Srinagar-Jammu highway was stopped after the fresh rainfall triggered shooting stones along the road.

The officials said that the shooting stones occurred in the Panthyal area following which the traffic on either side was stopped as a precautionary measure. However, the traffic remained suspended when the report was last filed.

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