Valley residents must brave more humid days ahead

Valley residents must brave more humid days ahead

Riyaz ul Khaliq

Srinagar: People in Kashmir will have to bear a “high humidity” weather system for a few days more, said officials at the Srinagar-based Meteorological Centre said on Monday.
Srinagar recorded a temperature of around 32 degree Celsius on Monday, which has been consistent for the last several days. “The temperature level in the Valley is normal,” said the Centre’s in-charge director, Dr Mukhtar.
“The monsoon effect has reached up to Banihal (in Kashmir division),” Dr Mukhtar said. “It is because of the monsoon that there is this increase in humidity-levels in the Valley.”
Jammu and Kashmir, it may be noted, have different weather systems between the Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir regions. The weather system of the winter capital is affected by monsoons drawn from the plains of India while western disturbances cause changes in weather here in the summer capital of J&K.
“This morning, there was 78 mm rainfall in Katra, and because of the rainfall in the Pir Panjal range, winds blew across Kashmir and the moisture level in the air has increased,” Mukhtar explained. However, he stressed that “it was good”.
The moisture level was recorded at 78 percent in Srinagar today.
“We expected rains on July 28 and 29, but it did not happen,” the Met director said, adding, “There will be no change in the current weather system in the days to come.”
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Prof Muhammad Shafi, who teaches Geography at Kashmir University, said that the increase in humidity is because of the season’s “recurrent rainfall”.
“There has been recurrent rainfall in the Kashmir Valley during the spring and summer seasons for the last several years,” he said. “This has led to a relative increase in the humidity level.”
Prof Shafi added that due to the increase in moisture levels in the air, people suffer from more sweat and diseases related to increased allergies during this period”.
Besides, he said, the increased humidity will affect crop production as well. “Although there will be an increase in production levels, but the increase in humidity will lead to deterioration of quality of the produce, and there will be frequent hailstorms,” he said.
“Over-precipitation of rains and increase in moisture-level result in rot to the fruit,” Prof Shafi said, referring to the horticulture sector. “Similar is the case with vegetables,” he added.

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