Heat wave engulfs J&K with Kashmir valley also getting the brunt
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
The mercury is going up not only in the Jammu region but also in most districts of Kashmir valley and only the ski resort of Gulmarg witnessing a low temperature during the day.
According to the MET on Tuesday Kashmir witnessed the hottest day of the year. The heat wave is expected to continue for a few more days as the monsoons are likely to hit the region from June 11.
However, the MET department has said that even the monsoon when it hits the region will not bring heavy rains and dip in temperature but only light rains are expected.
Meteorological department officials said the Valley is reporting day temperatures of over 30°C for the past few days and such temperatures are going to soar higher in the coming days till monsoon hits the region.
“We are passing through a heat wave. June 8 was the hottest day of the year with Srinagar recording a temperature of 34.3°C as against a normal of 27.9°C,” said a MET official to the media.
Srinagar also recorded a minimum of 18.6°C during the night. The northern district of Kupwara saw mercury settling at 34°C during the day while the ski resort of Gulmarg saw a temperature of 25°C, MET officials further said on Tuesday.
MET department officials told the media that the temperature will remain 4.5 degrees above normal for the next two days after which monsoon may affect the region. He said from June 11, cloudy weather and isolated mild rains can be expected owing to a mild depression in the Bay of Bengal, which will move through Gangetic Plains and mildly affect Jammu and Kashmir.