Kashmir is likely to get a spell of light to moderate rains and snow from Monday evening and there will be further drop in temperature.
Director Meteorological department Sonam Lotus said a fresh western disturbance will hit Kashmir and Ladakh region. “It will start affecting Jammu and Kashmir from Monday evening. The effect will be there for two-three days,” he said.
Western disturbance is an extra-tropical storm which originates in the Mediterranean and brings sudden winter rain and snow to the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent, affecting the weather in other countries, like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal as well.
Lotus said due to WD, there will be light to moderate rains in the plains and light snowfall in the higher reaches. “There is nothing to worry,” he said. The temperature, he said, will also fall. “From now onwards there will gradual drop in the temperature.”
Most parts of Kashmir are witnessing sudden drop in temperature.
MeT officials said Srinagar today recorded a maximum of 24.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 6.0, Qazigund a maximum of 22.7 and minimum 4.8, and Gulmarg recorded a maximum of 11 and minimum of 5.9 degrees.
Meanwhile, an earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on Richter Scale hit Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
The tremors were felt in various parts of the state.
No information of any damage to property or loss of life was received till the time of filing of this report in the evening.
“The quake occurred at 8.09 a.m. Its coordinates were latitude 36.7 north and longitude 74.5 east. The depth of the earthquake was 206 km,” an official of the state disaster management department said.
In the past, earthquakes have created havoc in the region. On October 8, 2005, a strong earthquake had killed over 80,000 people on both sides of the Line of Control.