Srinagar Records Season’s Hottest Day at 34.7 Degree Celsius

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Srinagar: The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded the hottest day of the season with mercury touching a new high of 34.7 Degree Celsius, above normal by 6.8 degrees Celsius, officials said.

Deputy Director, Meteorological Department (MeT), Mukhtar Ahmed told Kashmir Observer that Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 34.7 degree Celsius on Wednesday making it the hottest day of the season so far.

“Today’s temperature is the highest since June 05, 2018, when Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 35 degree Celsius,” he said.

He said that the Indian Meteorological Department in Srinagar, which provides a representative data for the Valley and adjoining areas, on June 9 recorded a maximum temperature of 34.7 degree celsius in Srinagar which is around 6.8 notches above the normal.

Ahmed further said that from past few days, there has been no western disturbance hitting the Union Territory due to which J&K has witnessed deficient rainfall.

“It is because of this that there has been a sharp increase in the day temperature," he said, adding “The low wind speed and plenty of sun over the last four days have also soared the temperature across the valley.”

The Valley has been witnessing severe heat waves and scorching humidity for the last four days. On Tuesday, the mercury settled at 34.3 degree Celsius yesterday, even as a relief from the scorching heat in expected in next two days.

“From June 11, we are all set to witness a drop-down in the soaring temperatures as the sporadic rainfall and much cooler winds are expected across Kashmir.” Ahmed said.

“The temperature from June 11 till June 14, is expected to be below 20 degree celsius that will help to bring relief from the severe heat wave and humidity,” he added.

Pertinently, the MeT department has also issued heat wave advisories requesting people to stay hydrated and limit their outdoor exposure in order to stay safe from any kind of heat-illnesses such as heat-stroke and heat-exhaustiveness.

The soaring temperatures have not only irked the people in Kashmir but also in the winter capital of the UT, Jammu, where the maximum temperature recorded on June 9 was 42.7 degree celsius, marking it as the hottest day of the season so far.

“Today’s maximum temperature in Jammu was recorded 42.7 degree celsius that is around 4 degree above the normal.” The Deputy Director MeT said.

In the early forecast for this year's summer season, the MeT has predicted that the maximum temperature of the season will be recorded in the month of August where the heat index could reach as high as 35.5 degree celsius with much severe heat waves.

However, Ahmed says rain and thunderstorms in the upcoming days are likely to soar down the severe humid conditions and therefore will provide relief to the people.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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