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With an UNUSUAL dip in temperature, particularly during evening hours, forcing people to reopen their winter closets, the metrological department has said the average recorded temperature during few days has been four degrees below the normal temperature. “This is an unusual climate we are witnessing from the past few days particularly during the late hours when high velocity winds are accompanied by rain. We should have been receiving bright sunlight and living in hot weather conditions.” Meteorologists attributed the temperature change to the western system. “Not only Kashmir, the rest of North-West and Northern India is under the grip of the system due to which moisture laden winds are flowing from the west.” The weatherman predicted that the intermittent rains will continue to lash in most parts of the valley for the next two days. The UNUSUAL weather condition can cause extensive damage to the paddy crops if it continues. “The fluctuating temperature is favourable for multiplication of paddy blast germs which can increase the chances of paddy blast. The prevailing weather condition can also cause considerable damage to the seed production."