Kashmir sizzles at 33.9 degrees

Wednesday hottest day of this year

Wednesday being the hottest day of this year, the sun seems to be testing the patience of people. The weatherman said the temperature will slightly go down on August 11 but actual respite from the scorching heat would come with rains on August 12.
“Wednesday was the hottest day of this year in Kashmir as the maximum temperature rose to 33.9 degrees Celsius in Srinagar,” said MeT official here. He informed that August 7, 2013 was the hottest day in last seven years in Kashmir as the maximum temperature had risen to 35.4 degrees Celsius in Srinagar.
Kashmir is reeling under extreme heat wave conditions as the temperatures continue to soar. The heat wave has forced people to stay indoors.
Pedestrians, mostly women and girls were seen covering face and carrying umbrellas to protect themselves from direct sunlight. Frequent power cuts across Kashmir have multiplied woes of people amid scorching heat.
 Weatherman said the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in Jammu on Wednesday were 34.5 degrees Celsius and 24.6 degree Celsius respectively while it remained 31.4 degree Celsius and 18.7 degree Celsius respectively in Leh.  
“Weather is likely to remain hot till August 11 evening while respite from scorching heat is expected on August 12 with the possibility of rains,” he informed. “Due to humid conditions Kashmir witnessed increase in the temperature during last few days. During past one week the percentage of humidity has been extremely high adding to the scorching weather,” he informed.
The regions of Jammu and Ladakh have also been witnessing increase in temperatures. “Light to moderate rains are expected at isolated places across the state during next 24 hours. On August 7 and 8, sky is expected to remain partly cloudy,” he said.

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