Unusual April heat in Kashmir bliss for tourists
16 April 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: An unusual rise in the mercury is forcing locals to shift over to summer wear even as the tourists are rushing here from the rest of the country to chill it out in the mountains.The maximum temperature recorded in the summer capital Srinagar was 7-8 degrees above normal during the past two days.'The normal maximum temperature for the month of April in the Kashmir Valley varies between 20 and 21 degrees Celsius. 'This April, the average maximum temperature has remained between 27 and 28 degrees Celsius,' said N.P. Bhatnagar, director of the weather office here.'Kashmir normally had rains in April because of the active Western disturbances. This year, Western disturbances have been inactive,' he said.Sensing a sudden rise in the mercury, Kashmiris have already switched over to summer clothes. The woolen wear are being packed up for the next winter.'I have been going around in cotton shirts for the last one week. Normally we used to wear light woollen clothes during April,' said Sarfraz Nawaz, 31, a businessman here.With the temperatures in the plains hovering between 40 and 45 degrees, tourists are arriving here to escape the heat there.'It is very pleasant in the valley these days. Clear, sunny days have helped us enjoy our stay better. We went to Gulmarg. It was fantastic there,' said Sandeep Gupta, who has come from Hissar in Haryana.