No respite from heat in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 8: With the temperature soaring with each passing day, there seems to be no respite from the rising temperatures in the Valley with Meteorological Department predicting “no major rainfall” in the next two weeks.
The day temperature in Srinagar dropped from a high of 35.5 degrees Celsius on Friday (the highest in the last eleven years) to 34 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The Meteorological Department has forecast that the maximum temperature at Srinagar would remain around 32-35 degrees Celsius till August 14. Even though there would not be any rise in temperature throughout the week, the weather would continue to remain dry.
Director MET, Sonam Lotus, said on Friday the district Srinagar recorded a maximum of 35.4 degree Celsius day temperature while it was 21.6 degree Celsius last night.
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He further added that the rainfall deficit in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was 40 to 50 percent below the normal during June and July. “It is a matter of concern. In contrast to most the states, there is a large rainfall deficit in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
He said although there is a forecast of ” isolated to scattered” rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, no major rainfall is in the offing. “The Ladakh region also recorded over 35 degree Celsius today,” he said.
The locals however attributed the rise of temperature to global warming. “The impact of global warming are being felt in Valley as well. There was a recent report that the temperature in the Valley will increase by 7 degrees in the next few years. For the last week, the temperature has constantly remained high which is usual in the valley. We cannot do anything with it. We can only take measures and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions,” a local said.