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Jammu records second-highest
rainfall in two decades

Jammu, Jan 6: Incessant downpour threw life out of gear during the
last three days in Jammu with the city on Wednesday recording 50.1 mm
rainfall in a 24-hour period, its second-highest for the month of January
in 20 years, Meteorological department officials said here.

The showers, however, stopped on Wednes-day morning, bringing
some relief to residents.

“Jammu recorded 50.1 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours. This was
the second-highest in the past two decades as the city had recorded the
all-time high of 81.4 mm rainfall on January 13, 2000,” a spokesperson of the department said.
He said the city had recorded 47.7 mm rainfall on January 26,
2017. The spokesperson said the minimum temperature in the
city settled at 12.1 degrees Celsius, which is 4.7 notches above
normal for this part of the season.
Triggered by heavy rainfall, the river Tawi went into spate but
it was flowing below the danger level.
Banihal town along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway
was recorded as the coldest place in the Jammu region at a low
of 0.2 degree Celsius. The highway town witnessed 80.4 mm of
rain and snow during a 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am, the
spokesperson said. Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting
the Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district, recorded 47.9 mm rainfall
and a minimum temperature of 9.2 degrees Celsius, he said.
“Weather improving gradually, significant improvement
expected from today (Wednesday) afternoon onwards but light
rain or snow will occur at scattered places in the next 24 hours,”
the official said, adding that there is no forecast of any major
snowfall, and the weather is likely to remain mainly dry in Jammu
and Kashmir till January 14. (PTI)

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