SRINAGAR — Srinagar and Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded the hottest July day since 2013 on Sunday, officials said.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded 35 degrees Celsius, over five degrees above normal. This was the highest temperature in the district since July 29, 2013, when the mercury had shot up to 35.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Interesting, Jammu recorded a maximum of 36.0 degrees Celsius, just a degree higher than Srinagar. However, it was nearly two degrees above normal of 34.2 degrees in the district, the official said.
Qazigund recorded a maximum of 32 (against a normal of 27.9) degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 30.2 degrees Celsius while Kokernag recorded 31.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The border town of Kupwara recorded a maximum temperature of 35.3 degrees Celsius against a normal of 30.5 degrees Celsius, he said. It was also the highest day temperature in eight years in the town as it had recorded 35.8 degrees Celsius on July 29, 2013.
World-famous skiing and tourist resort, Gulmarg, in north Kashmir recorded a maximum of 24.0 degrees Celsius against a normal of 20.8 degrees Celsius for this time of the season for the place, the official added.
The meteorological department has already issued a prediction of heavy rains and thunder with lightning in Jammu and Kashmir till July 21.
“Lower and middle-level tropospheric winds from the north Arabian sea is most likely to interact with Easterly winds (from the Bay of Bengal) from July 19 to 21,” meteorologist M H Mir had said in a letter to Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu on July 17.
“The system is most likely to cause widespread heavy to very heavy rain, thunder with lightning at most places of Jammu mainly in Pir Panjal range and plains of Jammu division from July 19 to 21 and moderate to heavy rain/ thunder with lightning in many places of Kashmir division during the period,” he said in the advisory.
The probable impacts, the advisory says, include moderate to high risk of flash floods in J&K.
There would also be a temporary disruption of surface traffic mainly on Jammu- Srinagar, Srinagar-Leh, Doda-Kishtwar and Mughal Road from July 19 to 21, 2021.
There would also be landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places, waterlogging and minor floods over low-lying areas besides suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations during the period, the advisory adds.