Dry spell in Kashmir likely to end as MeT predicts rainfall

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Srinagar: The long dry spell in Kashmir is likely to end as the Meteorological Department has predicted light rainfall between November 14 and 15.

Director, Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, said, “We are expecting a spell of light rainfall between November 14 and 15.

Lotus said the longest dry spells in the past couple of decades were witnessed in 2016 and 2017.

“There have been dry spells in the past too but not long like this. Another important thing is that there is an increasing trend in the dry spells and this year the trend continued,” he said.

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Lotus said no rainfall was recorded in October, November and December in 2007. “In 2016, the dry spell extended for five months. Kashmir received isolated rains at few places on August 14 and light rainfall in September. On October 15, upper reaches of the ski resort of Gulmarg received season’s first snowfall.

He further said that in the month of June, 73.9 mm rainfall was recorded while in July, 34.4 mm, in August, 24.4 mm and in September, 16.3 mm rainfall was recorded. (KNS)

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