Dehradun, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

The state weather department today predicted light to medium rains in the next 72 hours, asking pilgrims in the char dham circuit to carry rainwear and take other precautions.

The news could come as a dampener for devotees looking forward to participate in the pilgrimage to the Himalayan Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib, which is to be flagged off from Govind ghat tomorrow. The portals of the famous Gurdwara would open for devotees from May 25.

After some days of sunny weather, the overcast skies and high winds were witnessed, specially in plains of Uttarakhand, including in this capital city, since this afternoon, providing a respite from harsh sun to people.

The plains and hills of Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rudrapryg and Chamoli could experience light to medium rains in next three days, state Met department head Dr Anand Sharma said here today.

The cloudy weather has also raised hope of an increase in tourists to the hill resorts over the week-end and shopkeepers were hopeful of good business, specially in the Queen of Hills Mussoorie and the lake city of Nainital.

They were, however, hoping that the rains would not be too strong to turn the weather inclement.

Meanwhile, the health experts opined that the fluctuation in temperatures could cause health problems and advised people, specially children and elders to take precaution.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)