Jammu records season’s highest temp, Q’gund breaks 2nd highest 33 yrs’ record

Children beating the heat by taking dip in Ranbir Canal in Jammu on Sunday. - Excelsior/Rakesh
Children beating the heat by taking dip in Ranbir Canal in Jammu on Sunday. - Excelsior/Rakesh

2nd highest max temp after 23 yrs in Bhaderwah

Temp may further rise till May 29: Dir IMD

Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, May 26: The Temple City Jammu today recorded highest temperature of the season at 42.5 degrees Celsius, the National Highway town of Qazigund in South Kashmir broke 33 years’ second highest temperature record while the Bhaderwah town in Doda district, experienced second highest temperature after 23 years.
A MeT official said that temperature is likely to further increase in the plain areas of Jammu region including Samba and Kathua districts besides several areas of south Kashmir during next three days. He advised the people to take special care of elderly persons and their children against the heat stroke as the intensity of ultra-violet rays from the Sun, remain much higher during these hot summer days. It also causes affect on the skin of the people, specially in the plains of North India.

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He further revealed that Jammu today recorded a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius which is highest of this season so far and 3.4 degrees above normal. The night temperature in Jammu, however, remained 24.5 degrees C on Sunday, he said.
“Qazigund town in south Kashmir recorded 33.5 degrees C temperature which is 8.2 degrees above normal and second highest during last 43 years. The highest temperature at Qazigund remained 33.6 degrees C on May 31, 1981,” Director IMD Srinagar, Mukhtar Ahmed said.
The Director further disclosed that Bhaderwah town in Doda region recorded second highest temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius, after 23 years. The first highest temperature of 37. 6 degree C was recorded in Bhaderwah town on May 30, 2000; whereas, Kokernag recorded second highest maximum temperature of 31.5 degrees C today after 22 years. This town recorded the highest temperature of 32.6 degrees C on May 15, 2001, Mukhtar revealed.
He further disclosed that isolated heat wave is likely to prevail in the plains of Jammu division and hot and dry weather conditions in the plains of Kashmir valley and the hilly regions of Jammu division for the next five days. Over all, no significant weather activity will take place till May 31, he added.
IMD Director, advised the people to avoid heat exposure and drink lot of fluid and water these days. He said the public should take more care of elderly people and infants/children under such weather conditions. Moreover, the farmers should continue their farm operations, Mukhtar advised.
The MeT office said that Pahalgam in Kashmir recorded a maximum temperature of 28.1 degrees C today which is 5.3 degrees above normal, Srinagar recorded a day temperature of 32.2 degrees C, which is 6.6 degrees above normal for this day, while famous tourist resort Gulmarg, a maximum temperature of 22.6 degrees Celsius, 5.4 degrees above normal.
The holy town of Katra Mata Vaishnodevi today recorded a maximum temperature of 38.2 degrees C, which is 2.6 degrees above normal; Banihal town 32.6 degrees C, 5.0 degree above normal while Batote 32.4 degrees C, nearly 3.6 degrees above normal today. Leh city in the UT of Ladakh, recorded maximum temperature of 22.5 degrees and minimum 7.4 degrees C on Sunday, the MeT office said.