Respite from heat likely from July 27

SRINAGAR: Rainfall is likely to bring respite from the scorching heat from next week .
Extreme heat wave has gripped Kashmir for past few days with day temperatures soaring above the normal. However, according to Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus, there is some possibility of light showers after July 27.
“The weather shall remain dry at large for a few more days. There will be some respite from the heat wave after July 27. However, in Jammu region the dry spell was broken on Tuesday. The amount of rainfall was recorded at 17mm,” Lotus told Kashmir Reader.People in Kashmir continue to swelter in summer heat as the mercury soared a few notches on Tuesday to record the hottest day of the season in the Valley so far. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir was recorded at 33 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature stood at 21.8 degrees Celsius. In Jammu, the hottest day temperature was recorded at 40.6 degrees Celsius on July 11.
On Wednesday too there was no change in the maximum as well as the minimum day temperatures in Srinagar. Pahalgam and other hill resorts in Kashmir also witnessed high temperature. In Pahalgam, the maximum stood at 27.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 16.0 degrees Celsius.
The state Meteorological Department officials say that the normal temperature in the month of July remains 30 degrees Celsius in Srinagar. As per Lotus, the weather disturbance over Northern Kashmir and Pakistan is the reason for dry spell.
“Due to disturbances over Northern area of Kashmir and Pakistan, we are witnessing this humidity. In addition, monsoon season arrived early this month in Jammu Kashmir and is now getting active over the state. We call it monsoon currents and such conditions prevail during this season,” added Lotus.

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