Srinagar: Intermittent rains, which continued across Kashmir on Saturday for third running day came as a blessing to help authorities enforce total lockdown across the valley.
Rains confined people indoors, even in small localities while causing a sharp decline in temperature.
Security forces mostly Jammu and Kashmir policemen usually patrolling major towns across Kashmir to enforce lockdown were seen a bit relaxed as rains halted vehicular and peoples’ movement to a near standstill.
North and South Kashmir received a heavy rainfall since Saturday morning causing a sharp decline in temperature and apparently adding to the already existing ‘deserted scene’ in major towns.
Srinagar recorded 13.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, which is almost 7.3 degrees below the normal day temperature, according to Weather department.
The weather department on Friday predicted the ongoing wet spell to continue till Sunday.
“Intermittent rains are likely to continue across Jammu and Kashmir and at isolated places in Ladakh region particularly Kargil till Sunday.” said Sonam Lotus, Director Metrological department.
“Also thunderstorms and strong gusty winds are expected to occur across J&K.” he added.
Srinagar received 3 millimetres rainfall till Friday evening, Qazigund 9.6 mm, Kokernag 4.8 mm and Banihal 16.2 mm, according to MET department.
Kupwara recorded 7 mm rainfall while winter capital Jammu received 5.5 mm up to Friday.
Rains also badly impacted mostly security forces’ vehicular movement on Srinagar, Jammu highway on Friday and Saturday, officials said.
Notably, Jammu and Kashmir saw 14 more people testing positive for novel Coronavirus on Friday taking the rally to 328, while as 70-year-old person died of the disease taking fatalities due to disease to five.