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Weatherman declares heat wave across Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 04: A heat wave has been declared across Kashmir as the maximum temperature was recorded at 34.4 degrees Celsius, 8.1 degrees Celsius above normal, with no signs of respite from the unusually high temperatures in the next few days.

Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus said the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday recorded the hottest day of this year so far at 35 degrees Celsius.

“When the maximum temperature is more than four degrees above the normal in the hilly areas, we declare a heat wave in those areas. In Kashmir, it has gone up between 6 and 8 degrees in all recording stations of the Valley,” he said.

Lotus said there was no respite in sight from the unusually high temperatures in the Valley over the next few days.

“This heat wave is expected to continue for the next few days,” he added.

Gulmarg tourist resort in north Kashmir was the coolest place in the Valley at 25.4 degrees Celsius, but the maximum temperature there was still 8.2 degrees Celsius above normal for this time of the year.

The winter capital Jammu recorded the hottest night as the mercury settled at 31.4 degrees Celsius, while the day temperature today were recorded at 40 degrees Celsius after staying below for the past two days, the MeT office said.

From 26.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday, the minimum temperature jumped to 31.4 degrees Celsius, which is 5.9 degrees above normal, during this part of the season, a spokesperson of the Meteorological (MeT) office said.

Jammu recorded the season’s highest temperature of 29.1 degrees Celsius the last night.

The maximum temperature, which marked a decline over the past two days, again rose to 40.0 degrees Celsius 0.6 degrees Celsius above normal, against yesterday’s 38.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesperson said.

On Saturday, the day temperature fell to 39.2 degrees Celsius after hovering above 40 degrees Celsius for the last 12 days with the highest 43.5 degrees Celsius on May 29.