Srinagar swelters as mercury goes beyond 30°C

With mercury constantly remaining above 30°C, Srinagar is reeling under sweltering heat.
The mercury in the city has been above 30°C for the past one week and is likely to remain same for the next at least five days.
The day temperature over the past week has been slightly higher than the average temperature for this time of the year, the peak of summer season.
In the past two days, the city registered a high of 30.2°C yesterday and 32.2°C on Saturday. The abysmal precipitation in the city during recent weeks has further aggravated the sweltering weather condition.
The temperature in the city has remained highest across Kashmir for the past week with north Kashmir’s Gulmarg resort recording a temperature difference of more than 10 degrees on an average and registering a high of 19.6°C yesterday.
The Srinagar Meteorological Centre in its forecast bulletin predicted no respite from the hot weather with mercury likely to remain above 30°C till at least Thursday.
The sky over the city will remain partly cloudy on Tuesday while the maximum temperature is likely to touch 31°C, the centre said in its forecast bulletin.
For many city residents, the prevailing hot and humid weather condition is unusual and erratic. Shahnawaz Ahmad, a resident of Safa Kadal who is currently posted in a north Kashmir district, said the difference between the two places was highly distinct. He described Srinagar as having turned into “a furnace, with no wind at all”.

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