Srinagar: There are less chances of hailstorms threatening crops in the Kashmir valley during the autumn season though the minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded a degree below normal, the Met Office said Monday.
Kashmir has been experiencing thunderstorms and squalls for the past 10 days which have been threatening apple and paddy crops here.
Moderate rainfall Sunday night brought down the minimum temperature here to 14.6 degrees Celsius Monday, which is a degree below normal.
Jammu and Kashmir suffered a 37 percent deficit in rainfall during this monsoon season although there were good rains during the last week of August, Met Office Director Sonam Lotus said.
A strong gush of wind or a hailstorm is often detrimental for the ripening fruit and other crops if it occurs during September.