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Heatwave to Continue for Five Days in J&K, Authorities Urge Hydration and Caution

The Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave warning for the next five days in Jammu and Kashmir, urging residents to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. This advisory is particularly emphasized for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, infants, and children.

An official from the department stated that the heatwave conditions are expected to persist in the plains of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions, with hot and dry weather also forecasted for the hilly districts during this period.

Residents are advised to take necessary precautions by drinking plenty of fluids and minimizing outdoor activities during peak heat hours. The weather is expected to remain generally dry from May 24 to May 28, although there is a slight chance of isolated thundershower activity.

From May 29 to May 31, the weather is anticipated to become partly to generally cloudy with light rain or thunder possible at isolated locations in the afternoon. However, no significant weather events are expected until the end of May.

The rising night temperatures have been notable across the region. Srinagar recorded a low of 15.4°C, slightly higher than the previous night’s 15.0°C, and 3.7°C above the seasonal average for this time of year.

Qazigund observed a minimum temperature of 12.0°C, which is 1.7°C above normal, while Pahalgam’s temperature rose to 8.5°C, showing a slight increase from the previous night and 2.3°C above normal for the resort town.

In south Kashmir, Kokernag recorded a minimum of 13.0°C, which is 2.9°C above the usual average. Similarly, Kupwara’s temperature increased to 12.0°C, 1.6°C above normal.

Gulmarg, known for its skiing, saw a minimum temperature of 11.8°C, significantly higher than the normal by 5.0°C. Meanwhile, Jammu recorded a low of 27.6°C, still above the normal by 3.2°C. Banihal, Batote, and Bhaderwah also reported warmer than usual nighttime temperatures at 12.6°C, 15.3°C, and 13.0°C respectively.

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