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MeT Forecast ‘Heatwave’ In Jammu, Hot & Dry Weather In Kashmir

Srinagar, June 11: The meteorological department has forecasted a heatwave in the plains of Jammu and hot, dry weather for the rest of Jammu and Kashmir. Despite this prediction, most places in the region recorded below-normal night temperatures on Tuesday.

According to a meteorological department official, the weather is expected to remain generally dry until June 17, although light rain or thunderstorms could occur at isolated places. The forecast indicates a heatwave specifically in the plains of Jammu, while other areas in J&K will likely experience hot and dry conditions.

From June 18 to 21, the weather is expected to be generally cloudy, with a possibility of light rain or thunderstorms at isolated locations, particularly in the afternoons. This shift might bring some relief from the prevailing hot and dry conditions.

In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the temperature dropped to 12.7°C, slightly higher than the previous night’s 12.0°C but still 1.6°C below the average for this time of year. This trend of below-normal temperatures was observed in several other locations as well.

Qazigund, known as the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 10.0°C, a decrease from the previous night’s 11.4°C and 2.9°C below the normal temperature for this period. This suggests cooler nights compared to the typical seasonal average.

In Pahalgam, a famous resort in south Kashmir, the temperature remained steady at 5.5°C, which is 2.7°C above normal for this area. Despite the overall trend of below-normal temperatures, Pahalgam experienced a slight deviation with warmer than average nights.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, saw a minimum temperature of 10.7°C, down from 12.5°C the previous night and 1.4°C below the average. Similarly, Kupwara recorded a low of 10.7°C, a slight increase from the previous night’s 9.7°C but still 1.9°C below the norm.

In the popular skiing resort of Gulmarg, the minimum temperature was recorded at 7.5°C, down from 8.8°C the previous night and 1.3°C below the average. Meanwhile, Jammu reported a low of 25.3°C, up from 23.4°C the previous night but still 0.4°C below the typical temperature for this period. Other areas like Banihal, Batote, and Bhaderwah also reported temperatures of 12.1°C, 17.3°C, and 13.0°C, respectively.

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