Water level in Lidder and Sindh Nallahs close to danger mark
Srinagar, 10 June: The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir reeled under a “severe” heatwave on Thursday as the maximum temperature shot up to 34.7 degrees Celsius.
As per Faizan Arif (Kashmir Weather), independent weather forecaster, today’s maximum temperature in Srinagar was 6.8 notches above the normal, same as that of yesterday.
Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded an exceptionally hot day at a maximum temperature of 34.3 degrees Celsius, which was 7.8 degrees above the normal.
It was the highest maximum recorded in the month of June in the last 31 years.
On 25 June 1990, Qazigund station recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius.
Border town of Kupwara remained the hottest place in the Valley recording a maximum of 35.1 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Kupwara was 7.3 degrees above the normal for this time of the year and witnessed hottest June day since 25 June 2011 when the maximum temperature reached 35.7°C.
“Absence of any significant weather system has led to a sharp increase in maximum temperatures during the last four days. There may be a slight fall in day temperature tomorrow while major improvement is only expected from Saturday,” Faizan said.
“These things aren’t normal and are happening more frequently than ever. Global warming could be one of the reasons but there is a need to look at the other factors too,” he said.
Tourist resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest with a high of 25.5 degrees Celsius.
Kokernag and Pahalgam recorded high temperatures of 32.2°C and 30.2°C respectively.
Due to the sudden increase in day temperature, glaciers have started to melt rapidly, thus increasing the water level of nallahs.
As per the 9:00a.m. gauge reading, water level of Sindh Nallah at Doderhama was 3.20m, just 0.15m below the danger mark.
As per the 6:00p.m. gauge reading, water level of Lidder Nallah at Batkoot was 1.58m, just 0.07m below the danger mark.
Meanwhile Jammu City, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 41.9 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in the city was 2.2 degrees above the normal for this time of the year.
Katra town experienced similar conditons, recording a high temperature of 38.7°C.
Bhaderwah, Batote and Banihal recorded maximum temperatures of 32.8°C, 30.5°C and 32.6°C respectively.