Kashmir Records Season’s Hottest Day On August 7

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SRINAGAR: Just as few days of rain make Kashmiris wary of floods, the summer heat too makes them feel ‘hypoxia’.

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Srinagar city recorded the highest maximum temperature of the season so far on Friday.

Speaking to Kashmir Life, Director Meteorological department Sonam Lotus said that the district Srinagar recorded a maximum of 35.4 degree Celsius of temperature in the day while it was 21.6 degree Celsius last night.

He said Friday’s maximum temperature was also the highest maximum temperature recorded in August during the past 10 years.

He added that Srinagar remained hotter than Jammu as the winter capital recorded 32.2°C maximum temperature on Friday.

He further added that the rainfall deficit in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh was 40 to 50 percent below normal during June and July. “It is a matter of concern. In contrast to most of the states, there is a large rainfall deficit in J&K and Ladakh. The reason for less rainfall is complex, but generally, observation is that the wind patterns are not favourable,” Lotus said.

The director said that north Kashmir’s Kupwara remained the hottest place in the Valley recording 36.3°C maximum temperature. The tourist resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place recording 27°C maximum temperature.

He forecast “isolated to scattered” rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.

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