Srinagar: After a few days of respite, hot conditions revived in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday with mercury rising by nearly five degrees from July 14’s 26.7 degrees Celsius maximum to 31.6 degree Celsius, two degrees above normal, in Srinagar on Thursday.
A meteorological department official told GNS that Jammu, the winter capital of J&K, recorded a maximum of 34.9 degrees Celsius against normal of 34.8 degrees Celsius and previous day’s 31.2 degree Celsius, he said.
Qazigund, the gate town of Kashmir, recorded maximum of 30.0 (against normal of 27.9) degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 26.0 degrees Celsius while Kokernag recorded 28.9 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The border town Kupwara recorded maximum temperature of 32.1 degrees Celsius against normal of 30.5 degree Celsius, he said.
World famous skiing and tourist resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in Valley, recording maximum of 21.4 degrees Celsius against the normal of 20.8 degree Celsius for this time of the season for the place, the official added.
The official said there was possibility of light rain with thunder at isolated to scattered places in J&K till 18th July
“There will be gradual rise in maximum temperature till July 18,” he said, adding, “There is possibility of moderate rain at widespread places with thunder and gusty winds most likely during July 19-21. Besides there are chances of heavy Rainfall at isolated places during the above period,” he said.
Regarding rainfall scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, he said Jammu, Poonch, Ramban, Udhampur, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Srinagar had normal rainfall while Reasi and Samba had excess.
Anantnag, Budgam, Kulgam, Kupwara, Shopian, Kathua, Rajouri and Kishtwar districts had deficit rainfall, he added. (GNS)