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Met predicts rains from Feb 11-14

The weatherman on Wednesday predicted light to moderate rains in the Valley from Feb 11.

Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Sonum Lotus said that there is possibility of light to moderate rains in the Valley from Feb 11 to Feb 14.

“We don’t expect any heavy rain or snowfall in the upcoming weeks. However, there should be some light rainfall in the Valley in between Feb 11, 12, 13 and 14,” he predicted.

Asked about the persisting dry spell, the weatherman said that the long dry spell is not new for the Valley as such situations have been witnessed in the past as well.

“In January 2015, the Valley received only 5.6 mm rainfall while the December was by and large dry,” he said, adding that the weather in January this year remained mostly dry.

Warning that the prevailing dryness is worrisome, the MeT director said that the timely snow and rainfall is must as the dry spell can lead to the water scarcity in summers.

Giving the reason for the continuing dry spell, he said unlike previous years, no western disturbances hit the Valley this year.

Meanwhile, Divisional Administration Kashmir Wednesday issued a fresh avalanche warning for next 24-hours for hilly and avalanche-prone areas of Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region.

“Avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from February 7 to February 8, 2018 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche prone areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil, and Leh districts of Kashmir Division,” a statement of the Divisional administration said.

Accordingly, all concerned Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident.

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