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Breaking Dry Spell: Rain & Snowfall Forecasted in J&K

MeT issues harvesting advisory for framers in J&K: postpone harvesting from Oct 9to Oct 10. Snowfall forecasted. MeT advisory

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Breaking Dry Spell: Rain & Snowfall Forecasted in J&K

MeT issues harvesting advisory asks framers to postpone harvesting from the 9th evening to 10 Oct

After witnessing a prolonged dry spell this year with the summer season landing in its ending phase, the weatherman on Saturday forecasted rain in plains and snowfall over higher reaches in Jammu and Kashmir on October 9 evening and 10, advising postponement of harvesting from 9 evening till 10 Oct.

After isolated rainfall showers early morning on Saturday, weather officials in an information issued to Ground Report said that a brief spell of rain may occur at isolated places of Kashmir during the next 24 hours, thereby bringing more end to the dry spell in the valley.

Between 9 PM and 10 PM, there is a high likelihood of rain or snowfall over higher reaches likely at scattered places of Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining areas during the evening hours, with a 70-80% chance," stated meteorological authorities.

However, for today MeT has forecasted weather as “Partly Cloudy”, saying a brief spell of rain May occur at isolated places in Kashmir. For 8 Oct they have forecasted fair to Partly Cloudy in both Jammu and Kashmir regions.

From October 11-13, the weather officials have forecasted mainly dry weather 

In it’s upcoming outlook for the subsequent week, the weather official said that from October 14-20, mainly dry weather was in store in Jammu and Kashmir. However, they added a brief spell of rain/snowfall over higher reaches can't be ruled out although the chances are less.

Notably, the valley has been grappling with the hot weather conditions this summer with water volume in the water bodies going down by 75%.

The hot weather conditions this summer witnessed such a significant drop in the water level in the river Jhelum that it’s shores became visible with distressing pictures of houseboats on it’s dry shores.

The partial drying up of water bodies too left the local population in a state of perplexity and despair as the dry weather conditions invited water scarcity in the region.

Relying heavily on precipitation as its primary water source, Kashmir over the past few years has witnessed a significant decline in rainfall patterns, leading to a prolonged dry spell. 

Srinagar last month recorded the season’s second-highest day temperature during the last 132 years.

According to the MeT officials, Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 34.2°C, which was 6.0°C above normal. This was the 2nd highest maximum temperature ever recorded in September since 1891.

The MeT officials added that it had broken the 53-year-old record of 33.8°C recorded on 01 September 1970. 

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