Jammu and Kashmir News
Jammu: Temperature in the state’s summer capital has come close to its all-time record breaking high this week. Hot and dry Westerly winds from central Pakistan and Rajasthan have threatened to keep north, north-west and central India baking-hot in the 40+ Celsius range.
Mercury reached 41.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday making Jammu the hottest region of the state that day. Earlier on the 2nd of May, the temperature of the city touched 43 degree Celsius. According to the Meteorological Department, the forecast for the next eight days is dreadfully heated with 45-47 degree Celsius. Last year, the month of May saw a maximum temperature of 40.5 degrees which is way too low to the ones we expect this summer. In 2001, however, mercury hit 45.2 degrees and in 2013, 45.8 degree Celsius was the recorded high.
The temperature in the entire state has risen above the normal levels. Srinagar faces a three-degree rise in the minimum temperature, while Amarnath Shrine’s base camp Pahalgam too faced a three-degree rise in its temperature.
The heat wave is so intense these days that one hardly sees any movement on the roads. People feel the heat as dehydration cases increase in summer. If you are not careful enough,there are chances that you might end up in a Hospital due to exhaustion.
Working men and women and even the school and college going children are sweat-laden. Children are advised to stay indoors. People have found various ways to keep themselves hydrated during this sizzling season.
With absolutely no tolerance to the sweltering rays of the sun, even the traffic police officials at various check points throughout the city have managed to find refuge under any constructed dwelling that gives them shade.
Some locals have even reverted to the canals that run through the city to cool off the hot spell.
As per the global weather monitoring units, it is extremely likely that human influence on climate has caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010.