Rain brings relief, MeT forecasts hot weather in Jammu from July 8-10

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SRINAGAR/ JAMMU, July 5: After the hottest July day recorded in Srinagar at 35.7°C in 25-years on Thursday, the city saw a drop of 1.5°C in temperature today and settled at 34.2°C as there were scattered showers at many places in Kashmir while due to rain during last night and Friday evening a significant respite from the hot weather conditions has been observed in Jammu areas.
The showers in parts of Kashmir since last night brought some relief from intense heat wave conditions. There were gusty winds and heavy showers reported from several parts of the Valley that led to drop in temperatures by a few notches.
Director Meteorological Department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad this evening forecast thundershowers in parts of Kashmir.
“Generally cloudy with rain/thundersshower over parts of Kupwara, Tanghdar, Handwara, Bandipora, Kangan-Sonamarg axis, Tangmarg, parts of Budgam Pahalgam and parts of South Kashmir, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban-Banihal axis and few parts of Reasi,” he said.
Mukhtar said that few among these places may receive intense showers with gusty winds for a brief period.
Srinagar recorded a maximum of 34.2°C, down by 1.5°C from yesterday’s 35.7°C which was the highest since 9th July 1999 for the city when mercury scorched to 37°C.
Qazigund settled at a maximum of 32.0°C, Gulmarg also recorded a maximum of 23.4°C today, Pahalgam recorded a maximum of 26.3°C and Kupwara 32.8°C.

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Jammu recorded a maximum temperature of 34.3 deg C and maximum 27.5 deg C today; Katra town a day temperature of 30.7 deg C and night temp 23.6 degrees; Bhaderwah tourist resort a maximum temperature of 33.1 deg C, Batote a day temperature of 26.8, Udhampur 30.0, Samba 33.2 while Banihal town experienced maximum temperature of 30.4 deg C today.
Leh town in UT of Ldakh recorded a maximum temperature of 25.7 deg C as compared to yesterday’s temperature of 33.1 deg C.
The weatherman said there is possibility of intermittent moderate rainfall at most places of J&K with heavy showers at a few places on July 6.
On July 7, the MeT said, intermittent spell of light to moderate rain/thundershower was expected at many places with isolated heavy rain over Jammu Division.
On July 8-10, the Weather Department said hot and humid weather is expected with possibility of spell of rain/thundershower at scattered places of Jammu Division towards late night and early morning. “Spell of rain/thundershower are expected at a few places of Kashmir Division,” it said.
“Flash floods, landslides/mudslides & shooting stones are expected at few vulnerable places during 4th-6th July,” it said, adding, “There is possibility of water-logging in low lying areas,” he added.

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