Jammu records season’s hottest day at 42.9 degree, temp may rise further today

MeT forecasts some showers from July 2-5

Govind Sharma

JAMMU, June 30: Jammu, the winter capital of the Union Territory recorded its hottest day of the season today at 42.9 degree Celsius and the Meteorological Department (MeT) has warned that the temperature may rise further tomorrow and the only respite from the scorching heat is expected from July 2 to 5.The City of Temples recorded maximum temperature of 42.9 degree, which was 5.2 notches above season’s average. The minimum temperature of the City was also 2.4 notches above normal at 28 degrees Celsius. Earlier on June 9, the city had recorded day temperature of 42.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.Most parts of Jammu and Kashmir have been reeling under scorching heat for the past couple of days with Srinagar recording a high of 33.8 degrees Celsius and a low of 16.6 degrees Celsius. The day temperature in Srinagar was 3.3 notches above normal, while the night temperature was 0.5 degrees below normal.Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, was the second hottest place in the Union Territory with a maximum of 39 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 25.7 degrees Celsius. Bhaderwah, the tourist spot in Doda district recorded maximum of 35.5 degree Celsius and minimum of 16.7 degree Celsius.The maximum and minimum temperatures in Banihal in Ramban district were recorded at 33.8 degree Celsius and 15.6 degree Celsius, respectively while Batote recorded maximum of 33 degree Celsius and minimum of 18.9 degree Celsius.The day temperature in Qazigund was recorded at 32.5 degree Celsius and night temperature was 14.8 degree Celsius. Pahalgam in Kashmir recorded maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and minimum of 10 degree Celsius.Kupwara recorded maximum of 34.1 degree Celsius and minimum of 14.4degree Celsius while the maximum temperature in Kokernag was 34.6 degree Celsius and minimum 15 degree Celsius. Gulmarg, the world famous tourist spot in Kashmir recorded maximum of 23.5 degree Celsius and minimum of 11.6 degree Celsius.The weatherman has predicted mainly dry weather for the next 24 hours. “Weather will remain dry in coming days as no signs of rain are around as of now,” said Sonam Lotus, Director, IMD J&K. He said temperature may further rise tomorrow in Jammu and the maximum and minimum temperatures may be around 42 and 28 degree Celsius.“The Monsoon had hit the J&K and Ladakh 18 days in advance this time but thereafter it became weak but now, the condition are becoming favourable for rains,” the IMD Director said. He said there may be some respite from the scorching heat from July 2 to 5 both in Jammu as well as Kashmir. The isolated areas of both the regions of J&K may witnessed light showers with thunderstorms during this period, he said, adding, good rains may be seen in 2nd week of July.