Rain expected from June 11-13
JAMMU, June 9: Both the capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir today recorded season’s hottest day and the weatherman has predicted that there will be no immediate relief from dry and hot weather for next 24 hours.
An official of Meteorological Department said that the maximum temperature in Jammu city was recorded today at 42.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal while summer capital Srinagar recorded 34.7 degree Celsius, 6.8 notches above normal.
He said the minimum temperature in Jammu was 29.7 degrees Celsius, five degrees above season’s average and the highest till date while Srinagar recorded minimum temperature of 19.8, which was 6.4 degrees above normal.
“Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, was the second hottest place in Jammu and Kashmir with a high of 39.2 degrees Celsius and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius,” he said, adding, Banihal recorded maximum temperature of 32.7 and minimum of 17.6, Batote recorded maximum of 31.8 degrees and minimum of 20.1 while the maximum and minimum temperature in Bhaderwah were 33.2 degrees and 19.2 degrees, respectively.
Heat wave continued in most parts of J&K and there will be no immediate relief as heat wave will continue during the next 72 hours, though there are chances of isolated rains on June 11. “Isolated rain is expected on June 11, followed by scattered rain the next day and widespread rain on June 13,” said Mukhtyar Ahmed, senior scientist of IMD J&K.
He said there will be no large change as mercury will remain above normal in both Srinagar and Jammu tomorrow. The sky would be mainly clear to partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 degrees and 20 degrees respectively in Srinagar and 43 degrees and 30 degrees respectively in Jammu during the next 24 hours.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg recorded maximum of 25.4 degrees and minimum of 14 degrees while in Pahalgam, which serves as base camp of annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, the maximum temperature was 30.3 degrees and minimum temperature 10.4 degrees.
Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, recorded 33.6 degree maximum temperature while the minimum temperature was 16.4 degree. Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded 34.6 degree maximum temperature while the minimum temperature was 16.9 degree.