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As heatwave persists in Jammu, summer vacation announced for schools in region

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Jammu: As the weatherman predicted the continuation of a heatwave in the Jammu region for the next seven days, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday announced a 46-day summer vacation from June 1 for the government and recognised private schools in the Jammu division’s summer zone.

Jammu on Monday recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature remained near normal at 25 degrees Celsius.

The region has been suffering from extreme heatwave conditions for the past week, with temperatures consistently rising above 40 degrees Celsius since May 16.

“There will be no respite in heatwave or hot and dry weather conditions over plains of Jammu division during next seven days,” an advisory issued by the department said.

The advisory pointed to the possibility of a slight relief from May 30 to June 2 in most parts of the Kashmir division and some hilly areas of the Jammu division.

Another spell of heatwave is expected to return from June 3 to 5, it added.

In light of the persistent heatwave, the department has also urged residents to take precautions.

“People going to work should avoid being outdoors between 12 to 3 pm due to the high prevalence of harmful radiation. If necessary, they should carry water, cover their heads, and wear light-coloured clothing to mitigate the effects of the heatwave,” MeT official S C Sharma said.

Sharma said that elderly people are advised to remain indoors in cool environments and avoid strenuous activities during the day.

The Board of School Education has also adjusted school timings to protect children from the extreme heat, ensuring they attend school during cooler hours, he added.

“Temperatures in Jammu typically range from 40 to 45 degrees Celsius between May 15 and June 15. However, they may rise even higher in the coming days,” Sharma said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday announced a 46-day summer vacation from June 1 for the government and recognised private schools in the Jammu division’s summer zone.

The decision was made in response to the extreme heatwave conditions prevailing in the region, with temperatures exceeding 43 degrees Celsius in several places.

According to an order issued by the Director of School Education (Jammu), these schools will observe summer vacation from June 1 to July 16.

“It is hereby ordered that all the government and recognised private schools falling in the summer zone of the Jammu division shall observe summer vacation from June 1, 2024, to July 16, 2024,” the order stated.

It further mandates that all teachers must be available for online guidance of students during the vacation period.

“Any default on the part of the head of the school or teaching staff in adhering to the above schedule shall attract action under rules,” the order added.

In the past, the summer holidays in Jammu started on June 8.

 Temperature recorded in Kashmir division…

Srinagar: 32.6°C; Qazigund: 33.4°C; Pahalgam: 27.8°C; Kupwara: 30.9°C; Kokernag: 31.0°C; Anantnag: 31.6°C; Ganderbal: 33.6°C; Bandipora: 31.1°C; Baramulla: 30.9°C; Sonamarg: 24.1°C; Budgam: 32.0°C; Pulwama: 32.6°C and; Shopian 31.6°C.

Snowfall in Kargil…

As the entire India, including UT of Jammu and Kashmir is fighting an intense heatwave, Faizan Arif, a local weather expert, posted a video on his X handle @Kashmir_Weather showing a moderate snowfall at Rangdum Kargil.