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Jammu records season’s highest temperature at 44.8 deg C

Jammu records season’s highest temperature at 44.8 deg C
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Slight drizzle brings respite from heatwave in Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar: Mercury continued its upward trend across the district, with Jammu city recording the season’s highest temperature at 44.8 degrees Celsius, nearly 5.7 notches above the average, the Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.

The region has been reeling under an extreme heatwave for the past week, with temperatures consistently rising above 40 degrees Celsius since May 16, the MeT department officials said.

The day temperature in Jammu city was nearly 5.7 degrees Celsius above the season’s average and 5 degrees Celsius higher than Wednesday’s 39.3 degrees Celsius, they said.

Katra, the base camp for Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded 40 degrees Celsius, while Leh city clocked 21 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.

Kathua, which houses the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir, recorded 46.1 degree Celsius, followed by Samba at 44.7 degrees Celsius, Udhampur at 42 degrees Celsius and Reasi 41.7 degrees Celsius, according to the department.

In view of the heatwave, the district administration pressed water tankers into service to sprinkle water jets on the roads for the second consecutive day. Police tankers have also joined this initiative.

Several organisations set up stalls providing water and lemon water to people in various areas of Jammu city.

Meanwhile, light showers at a few places brought some respite to people from the scorching heat in Kashmir Valley.

A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a maximum of 27.5°C which was 1.4°C above normal as traces of rain lashed city.

Qazigund recorded maximum of 28.6°C, Pahalgam 25.6°C, Kupwara 27.9°C, Kokernag 28.3°C and Gulmarg, which had 2.4mm of rain during the day, 19.0°C. Jammu city surpassed season’s hottest day at 44.8°C and it was 5.7°C above normal.

Regarding forecast, he said, partly to generally cloudy weather is expected with light rain and thunder at isolated places from May 30-31st.

He said, partly to generally cloudy weather with light rain/thunder at isolated places is expected from June 1-2.

From June 3-4, he said, generally dry weather is expected. From 5-7 June, he said, generally cloudy weather with light rain/thunder is expected at scattered places.

Meanwhile, Srinagar recorded a low of 13.8°C against 15.4°C on the previous night and it was 1.8°C above normal for the summer capital of JK for this time of the year.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 10.6°C against 13.5°C on the previous night and it was 0.1°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of 7.5°C against 9.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.4°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 11.0°C against 13.3°C and it was 0.4°C above normal, the official said.

Kupwara town recorded a minimum of 10.2°C against 12.5°C on the previous night and it was below normal by 0.4°C for the place, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a minimum of 8.4°C against 11.0°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 1.3°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Jammu, he said, recorded a low of 25.3°C against 23.6°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 0.4°C for the winter capital of J&K. Banihal recorded a low of 13.6°C, Batote 18.8°C and Bhaderwah 14.0°C, he said. (with inputs from PTI/GNS)


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