By: Musaib Iqbal MK
While more and more tourists are coming to Kashmir valley, North India is already witnessing a heat wave and many people prefer to move to Kashmir to enjoy their holidays.
Both by road and by air on a daily basis thousands of tourists are heading to Kashmir and the stakeholders are very happy with the footfall of tourists.
Locals prefer not to go to the picnic spots during this Holy month of Ramzan and it has eased the traffic jams on the Boulevard Road and other such places.
To ferry tourists to different picnic spots, there is shortage of transport as on many routes, the public transport vehicles have also been hired for the tourists as the numbers have increased suddenly.
A meteorological department official told GNS that Srinagar recorded a low of 9.3°C against 8.4°C on the previous night. However, he said, the temperature was 2.4°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 7.2°C against 7.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was above normal by 1.5°C for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 9.5°C against 10.0°C the previous night. It was 4.1°C more than normal during this time of the season for the place, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.2°C against 4.0°C last night. The temperature was 2.0°C above normal for the place, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 5.5°C against 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said. While 0.5°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 5.0°C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 5.6°C against 5.8°C the previous night. The temperature was 0.1°C above normal, the official told Global News Service.
Jammu recorded a low of 20.1°C against 20.1°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 2.3°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 9.6°C, Batote 13.9°C and Bhaderwah 10.7°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a minimum of 3.3°C against 3.0°C on the previous night, he said.
The MeT official said that no significant weather was expected in Jammu and Kashmir and it would continue to be “mainly dry” for now.
With GNS inputs