Kashmir faces record heatwave as Srinagar hits highest July temperature in 25 years

Kashmir is currently experiencing an intense heatwave, with temperatures soaring to record highs. On Wednesday, Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius, the highest in July in 25 years since 1999 when the mercury reached 37 degrees Celsius, according to officials.

The temperature was six degrees above the normal for this time of the year. Srinagar was hotter than many major Indian cities, surpassing Delhi, which recorded 34.1 degrees Celsius, Kolkata at 31.2 degrees Celsius, Mumbai at 33 degrees Celsius, and Bengaluru at 28.8 degrees Celsius.

Other areas in the Kashmir Valley also experienced scorching heat. Qazigund recorded 34.4 degrees Celsius, and Kupwara 34.5 degrees Celsius. These temperatures were 4.5 to 6.9 degrees above the normal range for the season.

The heatwave has led to water shortages in many areas. In response, the health department has issued advisories to help residents cope with the extreme conditions. The school education department has announced a 10-day summer vacation for schools in the valley starting from July 8.

The meteorological department has forecast some relief starting Thursday, with the possibility of intermittent light to moderate rain or thundershowers in many areas. From July 5-6, moderate rainfall is expected at many places in Jammu and Kashmir, with heavy spells at some locations. Light rainfall is predicted for July 7, but hot and humid weather is likely to return from July 8 to 10.