JAMMU, Mar 27: After World War II, Jammu City today broke the 77- year-old record of highest temperature for the month of March as the City of Temples today recorded a maximum temperature of 37.3 degree Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Jammu on March 27 settled at 37.3 degrees Celsius, breaking a record achieved during 2nd World War in the month of March.
A senior Scientist in SKUAST said that previous highest day temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius was recorded on March 31, 1945, when the second world war was going on. It came to end on Sept 2, 1945. The excessive use of explosives during bombing world over and emission of radiations, led to massive global warming and sharp rise in temperature in the atmosphere.
Apparently, due to massive bombing during ongoing Russian- Ukraine war for the last over one month now, the global warming has impacted the temperature in many parts of the world. Sharp rise in temperature in this part of the region in March, could be one of the reasons behind this, the Scientist added.
Director Meteorological Department, J&K Sonum Lotus when contacted said since the last days, the weather has remained mainly fair and clear in Jammu and Kashmir due to absence of any low pressure system or localised weather system. “Jammu’s temperature has broken the record of last 77 years as on March 31, 1945, the City as per record available with us, had recorded 37.2 degree Celsius temperature,” Lotus added.
“Global warming could be the main reason behind this sharp rise. Dry and hot weather is likely to prevail for the next few days as well,” Lotus maintained. According to the Meteorological department, the maximum temperature in Jammu, the winter capital of J&K UT, is 8.4 degrees above normal during this part of the season.
However, the night temperature was near normal at 16.9 degrees Celsius, the spokesperson said.
Summer capital Srinagar is also witnessing hotter days than usual with day temperature settling at 25 degrees Celsius, 7.4 notches above normal, he said, adding that the night temperature in Srinagar was 7.2 degrees Celsius which was also 1.1 degrees above normal.
Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a maximum of 32.3 degrees Celsius and a lowest of 16.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman added.