Kashmir hotter than Ladakh, Jammu
Reeling under an extended winter for much of the summer, Kashmir is witnessing steep rise in temperature over the past week. Nights too are very hot, denying any relief to people even after sunset.
Kashmir is recording more maximum day temperature than Jammu and Ladakh regions. Fewer people are venturing out due to the intense heat wave condition which is also a cause of inconvenience to vendors to install stalls on roads in eve of Eid.
The hot sunny days during Ramadhan makes it extremely hard for fasting people to brave the exceptional heat.
Apart from Srinagar, other districts of the Valley are also affected. However, hilly tourist spots are exceptions as cool air provides relief.
While the heat wave is causing a great deal of inconvenience for people, cooling instrument sellers are experiencing good season. People by and large prefer good quality products to protect themselves from the heat.
Farmers think it is a blessing for crops, especially fruits, and irrigation experts say it is accelerating the much-needed glacier and snow melting, sending in water for water bodies.
Scorching heat forced people to remain indoors in Valley on Sunday. Various youth were, however, seen beating the heat in world famous Dal Lake here.
Complaints received from various localities in Srinagar city suggest that people are facing immense hardships due to scarcity of water in these hot days.
Kashmir, now a days is witnessing more temperature than Jammu. “Valley on Sunday recorded minimum and minimum temperatures 31.6 degree Celsius and 21.5 degree Celsius respectively while in Jammu it remained 32 degree Celsius and 26 degree Celsius respectively,” said MeT official here.
He informed that the maximum and minimum temperatures in Leh recorded on Sunday were 31.8 degree Celsius and 21.4 degree Celsius respectively. “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 added.
He said that light to moderate rains are possible at isolated places across the state during next 24 hours.
He informed that highest temperature recorded in July is 39.5 degree Celsius on July 15, 1973. “Mean maximum temperature in July is 30 degree Celsius while the mean number of rainy days is five,” he added.