SRINAGAR: People in Kashmir are likely to get respite from scorching heat as Meteorological department has predicted a two-day spell of rains from Wednesday.

“South-West monsoon is active over Jammu. As a result of this, there has been widespread moderate rain in Jammu and the same is most likely to persist for next 72 hours  (August 25,26,27),” Director Meteorological Department Srinagar, Sonam Lotus, said.

“Further widespread light to moderate rain is expected in Kashmir division on August 26 and August 27,” he said.

Lotus said because of the prolonged dry spell, the day temperature rose sharply on August 17 as Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees C, the highest in 39 years.

“The highest ever maximum temperature recorded in Srinagar in August is 36.7 degrees C in 1946,” he said.

According to Meteorological Department, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded 245.1 mm of rain from June to August. This is around 42% lesser compared to the same time last year.

The rainfall will give respite to the people in the Valley, which has been reeling under hot weather conditions for the last several weeks.


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