Srinagar Records Season’s Hottest Day At 33.2 Deg Celsius

Beating The Heat: Boys taking a dip in a stream in the outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday: KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded hottest day of the season with mercury touching a new high of 33.2 degree Celsius, officials said.

Besides, the sweltering summer capital, Kupwara town recorded a maximum of 33.5°C, making it the hottest place in Kashmir on Tuesday.

Notably, today’s temperature was 2.6°C above normal and third highest in the last 12 years in Srinagar.

The highest June temperature in Srinagar in the last 12 years was 35°C recorded on June 3, 2018.

Talking to Kashmir Observer, Deputy Director of MeT in Srinagar, Mukhtar Ahmed said that the dry weather will continue till Wednesday.

“The temperature soared to 33.2 degrees today. However, the dry weather will continue till Wednesday. From 30th June, monsoon showers are forecasted across Kashmir valley and the temperatures are also expected to come down,” he said.

The ongoing month has already seen a vicious heat across J&K, with stagnant air bearing down on densely populated cities, like Jammu city and Srinagar city for several days in a row.

The continued warming occurs because the rate of heat input from the sun during the day continues to be greater than the cooling at night for several weeks, until temperatures start to descend in late July and early August.

Meanwhile, Qazigund recorded a maximum of 32.0°C against 32.4°C on the previous day, a MeT official said.

Pahalgam recorded a maximum of 28.2°C against 27.6°C on the previous day. The temperature was 2.2°C above normal for the famous resort in south
Kashmir during this time of the season, he said.

Kokernag recorded a maximum of 31.5°C against 30.5°C on the previous day. It was 3.4°C above normal for the place in south Kashmir during this time of the season, the official added.

Gulmarg recorded a maximum of 23.2°C against 22.8°C on the previous night, the official said. While 21.6°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 1.6°C above normal for the famous place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Jammu recorded a maximum of 39.6°C against 39.0°C on the previous night, the official said.
The temperature was 1.9°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a maximum of 30.4°C, Batote 29.2°C, Katra 35.6°C while Bhadarwah had a minimum of 33.5°C, he said.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

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

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