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MeT Predicts Heatwave in Jammu and Hot, Dry Weather in Kashmir for Next

The meteorological department has forecasted a heatwave in the plains of Jammu and hot, dry weather across the rest of Jammu and Kashmir for the next five days. This prediction, announced on Friday, indicates that residents should prepare for scorching temperatures and dry conditions. However, there is a slight chance of a brief spell of rain, thunder, and lightning on June 19 and 20.

During the period from June 15 to 18, the weather is expected to remain generally dry, although light rain and thunder at isolated places cannot be entirely ruled out. From June 19 to 21, the weather is predicted to become generally cloudy, with scattered places experiencing a brief spell of light rain and thunder in the afternoon.

The plains of Jammu will particularly feel the brunt of the heatwave, while the rest of Jammu and Kashmir will endure hot and dry weather. This forecast calls for residents to take necessary precautions to cope with the high temperatures.

In terms of specific temperatures, Srinagar recorded a low of 13.4°C, which is 0.9°C below the normal temperature for this time of year. This slight drop in temperature contrasts with the overall hot and dry weather trend expected in the coming days.

Qazigund experienced a minimum temperature of 10.2°C, which is 2.7°C below normal, marking a notable dip compared to usual temperatures. Similarly, Pahalgam recorded a low of 6.9°C, which is 1.3°C above normal, showing some variation within the region.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 11.2°C, which is 0.9°C below normal. Kupwara town’s low was 10.9°C, 1.7°C below the average for this time of year, indicating cooler-than-normal nights in these areas.

Gulmarg, a world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum temperature of 7.6°C, which is 1.3°C below normal. This drop in temperature is significant given the resort’s popularity among tourists seeking cooler climates.

Jammu, on the other hand, recorded a low of 25.4°C, slightly below normal by 0.3°C. Other regions like Banihal, Batote, and Bhaderwah also recorded relatively lower temperatures than usual, with lows of 13.4°C, 14.6°C, and 12.6°C respectively. This diverse temperature range across the region reflects the varied climatic conditions amid the heatwave forecast.

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