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Prepare for hot, dry weather this week over the Kashmir Valley.

According to meteorological department (MeT) officials, Kashmir is currently suffering a heat wave that will likely last for the next week.

In contrast to the Jammu region, where it was partly cloudy, the weather in Kashmir was primarily clear, hot, and humid.

Both the Kashmir and Jammu regions are enjoying above-average temperatures, according to MeT’s local center director Sonam Lotus, who also predicted that the similar weather will likely last for a week. The plains of Kashmir, Qazigund, and Kokernag were experiencing a heatwave.

Several meteorological stations in the Valley recorded daytime temperatures in Kashmir that were 3 to 6 degrees above average. The temperature in Srinagar, the summertime capital, was above 32° C compared to an average of 28° C. Similar to this, Kupwara’s northern area experienced temperatures above 33° C rather than the typical 29° C for the time of year. Temperatures over 35° C are being recorded in Jammu, the winter capital.

In a weather report, Lotus predicted that the coming week will be clean and dry, adding, “Overall, there’s no forecast for any major rain or snowfall.” On some days, the Jammu region may have a brief period of light rain or snow in remote locations, though the likelihood is low.

The monsoon has been largely deficient this year, with the exception of the heavy rainfall that fell throughout Jammu and Kashmir in July. According to Lotus, there was a deficit in rainfall in both regions in August and so far in September.

August saw a more than 80% reduction in rainfall in Kashmir, with Srinagar posting its driest month of precipitation in 25 years.

MeT data reveals that Srinagar only received 9.2 mm of rainfall, an 86% deficiency. The all-time low of 2.7 mm was recorded in 1987, while Srinagar’s previous lowest rainfall of 8.8 mm was recorded in 1998.

“Weather is favourable for harvesting of crops and expeditions and other outdoor activities,” officials noted, stressing that it was favorable for farming activities.

Source- Hindustan times

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