JAMMU, May 27: Winter capital of the State, Jammu today recorded the hottest day and night of the season as there was not let up in the heat wave, which is sweeping the Jammu region.
An official of the Weather office told Excelsior that due to intense heat wave, the maximum temperature of Jammu city today rose to 42.5 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded in the season this year so far.
“Jammu today recorded hottest day and hottest night of the season. While the maximum day temperature was recorded at 42.5 degrees Celsius, which is 3.4 degrees above normal, the night temperature also shot up by five notches to settle at 28.9 degree Celsius”, the weatherman said.
Monday is going to be a hotter with the maximum and minimum temperatures expected to remain at 43 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively, the official said. However, he said there will be some relief from the blistering heat on Tuesday and Wednesday due to some Western Disturbance, which may hit the region on Tuesday.
The weatherman predicted thundershowers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Light showers may also occur at scattered places in high altitudes of Jammu region, he said, adding, the temperature is likely to rise further after Wednesday for next few days as the present heat wave conditions will continue during this period.
Katra, the famous town and the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district was the second hottest place in the region with a high of 39.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 23.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.
Meanwhile, due to the intense heat, people in the city mostly preferred to remain indoors. Very less movement of people was noticed on the city roads as markets wore a deserted look because of the scorching heat while young boys were seen enjoying in water bodies in their bid to beat the heat.
Although private educational institutions have already closed in the city for the summer vacations, Government-run schools are still functioning here as the annual two-month long summer break for these schools is yet to begin.
Weather office has advised people to avoid moving out in heat wave conditions especially during high noon. “It is advisable to carry an umbrella or cover the back portion of one’s head when moving out in scorching heat”, said on official of the local Weather office.