SRINAGAR: Most areas in Kashmir Valley recorded the highest temperature of the year on Sunday, 35 degrees Celsius the maximum in Srinagar. An official from the metrological (MeT) department said that the temperatures are likely to be the same in the next two days.
Sonum Lotus, Director of the MeT office in Srinagar, said that the warm temperatures portend a good tourist season.
For locals, however, this temperature is nine notches above normal, making things hard for them especially while fasting all day in the month of Ramazan.
As per the MeT official, the maximum temperature in Srinagar was nine degree above normal. At Pahalgam, base camp for the Amarnath pilgrimage which begins later this month, the maximum temperature was 28.8 degrees, six notches above normal. The famous tourist resort of Gulmarg also witnessed rise in mercury, which surged to 23 degrees, six notches above normal. The minimum temperature in Gulmarg settled more than 4 degrees above normal.
The maximum temperature at another tourist resort, Kokernag, was 32.6 degrees. Qazigund, the gateway of Kashmir, recorded a maximum of 34 degrees. Kupwara in the north recorded 34.1 degrees maximum.
The MeT official said the sky will be mainly clear during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 27 degrees and 9 degrees, respectively.
“There has been rise in temperature for the past many days, which is a positive sign for tourism in the Valley,” an official at the tourism department said. “However, we wish the (Ramazan) ceasefire to continue as it keeps the situation conducive for tourists to come to the Valley.”
“We have been in touch with tourist players constantly. They have told us that tourists have started to come in good numbers post the ceasefire. Tourists have begun to come from Maharashtra and Gujarat, the two states of India which had shown a drop in number in recent months. It is a good sign. Plus, the temperature is the icing on the cake,” the tourism official said.