Kashmir breathes easy as temp drops; Jammu sizzles at 44.8 C

Ø MeT predicts respite from heat wave across Kashmir for next 4 days

Ø  Hot & dry weather to continue across Jammu for next 7 days

By: Owais Gul

Srinagar: The people across Kashmir heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday as the maximum temperature plummeted and settled around the normal temperature after the days of intense heat wave. However, Jammu division continued to record the scorching heat even as the weatherman here predicted four-day light wet spell in Kashmir from tomorrow (Thursday).

According to KNO Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 27.5 degree Celsius, which was just 1.4 degree Celsius above the normal. The station simmered at 32.6 degree Celsius yesterday.

Qazigund, a gate way of Kashmir, was the hottest in Kashmir at 28.6 degree Celsius which was followed by Kokernag where the day temperature settled at 28.3 degree Celsius.

Pahalgam, a famous tourist destination, recorded a maximum temperature of 25.6 degree Celsius while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded 27.9 degree Celsius. Gulmarg, a famous ski-resort, recorded a maximum temperature of 19.0 degree Celsius.

Unlike Kashmir, Jammu areas continued to record the intense heat wave while Jammu recorded the hottest day of the season at 44.8 degree Celsius today. Katra station also recorded the hottest day of the season at 40.3 degree Celsius.

As per the data, shared by the Meteorological department, Banihal has recorded a maximum temperature of 30.8 degree Celsius while Batote and Bhaderwah recorded 31.9 degree Celsius and 29.4 degree Celsius respectively.

Meanwhile, Director MeT, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that the weather is expected to remain partly to generally cloudy on May 30 and 31st while there is a possibility of light rain and thunder at isolated places as well.

On June 1 & 2, partly to generally cloudy weather with light rain and thunder at isolated places is expected, he said, adding that the weather conditions would improve from June 03 as the weather would remain generally dry on June 03 and 04.

However, he added that from June 5-June 7, generally cloudy with light rain and thunder is expected at scattered places.

Moreover, in its advisory, the MeT stated that there would be no respite in heat wave and Hot & dry weather conditions over plains of Jammu division during next 7 days.

“Slight relief from heat wave and Hot & dry weather conditions during 30-31May & 1-2nd June over most parts of Kashmir & few hilly areas of Jammu Division,” it reads.

Another spell of heat wave is expected during 3-4 June over Kashmir division, it said, adding that avoid heat exposure during 12 noon to 3 PM & drink lot of fluid and water especially vulnerable people (Elderly people, infants and children).

 

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