No significant change in coming days: Sonum Lotus
SRINAGAR: After a spell of incessant rain and flash floods last month, temperatures in Kashmir have soared to the season’s highest this past week. The mercury has kept rising for the past couple of days and on Sunday, Srinagar recorded the highest temperature this summer at 34.1 degrees Celsius.
The mercury has shot up five degrees from the normal, according to the Meteorological (MeT) department. Tourists, who had come to escape the heat in their part of the country, are feeling hard done by, with the weather showing no sign of cooling down.
“We came here to get away from the heat in our state, but the temperature is not as low as we expected. It is almost the same here, because right now it is raining in our state and the temperature is lower than the normal,” said a group of tourists from Uttar Pradesh.
The Met office in Srinagar said on Monday that the maximum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 33.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature stood at 21.6 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Jammu, the state’s winter capital, was recorded at 34 degrees Celsius while the minimum stood at 25 degrees Celsius. The temperatures in Jammu are comparatively lower than normal due to moderate rains.
According to the MeT office, today’s weather was hot and humid and the sky partly cloudy with no precipitation. The weather forecast is more or less the same up to the 7th of August. Rain and thunder storm are expected after that in isolated parts of the state.
“The weather is dry, hot and humid. It will remain so in the coming days and there would be no significant changes apart from rains and thunderstorms in very isolated pockets of J&K,” said Sonum Lotus, who heads the MeT department in J&K. “This temperature rise happens every year and is normal,” he added.
People at various places in Srinagar thronged ice-cream shops in the evening when some shops opened after the hearing on Article 35A was adjourned in the Supreme Court. Boulevard Road witnessed heavy rush in the evening, with people flocking to the cool environs of Dal Lake to get some respite from the heat.
People, mostly children, were seen taking a dip in the Dal Lake, River Jhelum, and other streams in the civil lines areas to beat the heat.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Kashmir was on July 15, 1973, when the mercury had shot up to 39.5 degrees Celsius.