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J&K recorded 80% rain deficit in March in absence of strong WD: MeT

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir received large deficient rain (<-80%) due to absence of any strong western disturbance, a meteorological department official said.

“Jammu city received only 2.1mm against normal of 68mm (96%) and Srinagar city received 21.3mm of rainfall as against normal of 117.6mm (81.88%).” This is not the first time that below normal rainfall was recorded in J&K, he said.

“As a result of absence of any strong western disturbance and stable atmosphere, weather remained fair and mainly clear on most occasions which led to early onset of spring and above normal temperature compared to last few years,” he said in a statement.

He said mean temperature in Jammu city in March this year was 23.3 ℃ which is quite high, but not unusual as mean temperature even touched 24℃ in 2004 and 2010. “Mean temperature in Srinagar city in March 2022 was 13.7 ℃ which is quite high, but not unusual as mean temperature touched 13.6 and 13.7 ℃ in 2004 & 2010 also in Srinagar,” he said. The weatherman has also forecast a brief spell of light rain during April 13-14th at scattered places. (GNS)


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