Amid prediction for rains, night temperature rises in JK
IMD warns of severe heatwave for parts of Delhi
Srinagar/New Delhi: Night temperature recorded a slight rise at most places in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, couple of days ahead of the forecast for widespread rains in plains and snowfall over higher reaches.
A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a low of 14.2°C against 14.1°C on the previous night. The temperature, he said, was 3.6°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 10.2°C against 10.5°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.0°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Pahalgam recorded a minimum of 5.8°C against 7.3°C last night. The temperature was 0.7°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir during this time of the season, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of 12.6°C against 11.7°C on the previous night. It was 3.3°C above normal during this time of the season for the place in south Kashmir, the official said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 9.0°C against 7.0°C on the previous night, the official said. While 5.5°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 3.5 °C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 10.4°C against 10.9°C on the previous night. The temperature was 0.8°C above normal for the district, the official said.
Jammu recorded a low of 23.3°C against 24.7°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 0.2°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 14.2°C, Batote 17.9°C and Bhaderwah 13.2°C, the official added.
Weatherman has forecast “widespread” moderate rain and thunderstorm with hailstorm at some places and snowfall over higher reaches in Jammu and Kashmir from evening of May 16 to 18.
He said mainly clear to partly cloudy weather turning generally cloudy and windy towards late afternoon was expected to prevail till May 16. “Widespread moderate rain/thunderstorm with hailstorm at some places of Jammu & Kashmir and snow over higher reaches is most likely during May 16th (evening)-18th.”
Meanwhile, a heat wave spell scorching Delhi for the last two days is predicted to worsen on Saturday, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing an ‘orange’ alert, warning that the mercury may soar to 46-47 degrees Celsius in parts of the city.
The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, is predicted to settle at 44 degrees Celsius as against 42.5 degrees Celsius on Friday.
Delhi on Friday saw the mercury rise to 46.1 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh. The weather stations at Jafarpur and Mungeshpur had recorded maximum temperatures of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, six notches above normal for this time of the year.
Pitampura also reeled under heatwave conditions, recording a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius.
A ‘yellow’ alert has been issued to caution people about a heatwave on Sunday.
The IMD uses four colour codes for weather warnings — green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).
Cloudy skies and thunder may provide some relief from the intense heat next week. (With inputs from PTI)