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J&K parts witness isolated showers, bring respite from scorching heat

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Srinagar: Light rains lashed several parts of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday evening, bringing respite from the week-long scorching heat in the Union Territory here.

Reports suggested that many parts of J&K including Srinagar witnessed light rains this evening bringing respite from the ongoing heat wave during which the maximum temperature has surpassed the previous records.

After 18 years, the hottest June day was recorded in Srinagar on Friday with the mercury soaring to 35.0 degree Celsius yesterday.

Independent Weather Forecaster, Faizan Arif Keng told KNO that there is a possibility of light rains in most areas of Kashmir during the next few hours while a few areas may be left without showers.

He further added that the maximum temperatures are also going to see a declining trend from tomorrow.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 22.4°C against 21.0°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 6.6°C for the summer capital, GNS reported.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 20.0°C against 19.0°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 5.7°C for the gateway town of Kashmir.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 13.3°C against 10.6°C on the previous night and it was 4.2°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 19.6°C against 17.8°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 5.5°C for the north Kashmir area.

Kokernag recorded a low of 20.0°C against 19.3°C on the previous night and it was 5.9°C above normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 14.4°C against 15.4°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 4.2°C for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 28.5°C against 31.2°C on the previous night and it was 2.4°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 21.3°C (6.2°C above normal), Batote 22.9°C (5.7°C above normal), Katra 25.4°C (3.4°C below normal) and Bhaderwah 21.8°C (above normal by 6.9°C). Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil recorded a low of 12.0°C and 15.8°C respectively, he said.

Regarding the forecast for next 24 hours, he said, “Isolated light rain/thunderstorm is expected in Kashmir division and widespread light to moderate rain/thunderstorms in Jammu division.”

From June 25-28, he said, generally cloudy weather with intermittent light to moderate thunderstorms were expected at many places.

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