id-ul-Adha celebration could be affected as a fresh weather warning has been issued for three days from Monday during which moderate to heavy rain is predicted at many places in Kashmir valley.
However, the wet weather would result in major respite from hot and humid conditions much to the delight of locals and tourists in Kashmir valley, where the maximum temperature has remained above normal during the last couple of days. Eid-ul-Adha would be celebrated across the country on July 21.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that a lower and middle level tropospheric winds from north Arabian Sea is most likely to interact with Easterly Winds (from Bay of Bengal) from Sunday to July 21. “The system is most likely to cause moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers in many places in Kashmir between Monday and July 21,” he said.
He said there is moderate to high risk of flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir during this time. “The system could result in temporary disruption of surface traffic mainly on Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Leh national highways and Mughal road from Monday to July 21,” he said.
He said landslides and shooting stones could occur during this time at vulnerable places due to moderate to heavy rainfall, adding low lying areas could experience water-logging and minor floods. “It is advised to suspend agriculture and horticulture operations during this time,” he added.
Meanwhile, world famous tourist resorts of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg have been kept off the limits for local day-picnickers during the weekends to prevent spread of COVID-19. However, the decision has irked locals, who have been thronging to tourist resorts in view of hot and humid weather. “It is ironic that these tourist destinations have been kept off limits for day-picnickers and tourists who are coming from outside the valley are allowed to go there. Where are we supposed to go… tourists can go to these places on weekdays, but we can only go on weekends as we have to go to our offices,” Ajaz Saleem, a resident of Srinagar, told UNI.