Jammu reeling under severe heat wave11 April 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: With the temperature remaining seven degrees above normal, the plains of Jammu have been reeling under severe heat wave during the past some days and no major respite is likely for next few days. Director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mr Sonam said that due to abrupt transition from winter to summer, the temperature rose even in the month of March in almost all the plain areas particularly in the Jammu region. In the absence of Western Disturbance and due to lack of moisture in the atmosphere, the temperature increased further as a result of which March was most warmest month during the past several years, he further said, adding 'similar weather conditions are also prevailing during the current month and for the past few days Jammu has been reeling under severe heat wave'. 'Though the temperature in the month of March as well as in April is seven degrees celsius above normal yet there is no unusual weather condition in the Jammu region', Mr Sonam said while disclosing that day temperature in Jammu region, during the current month, has so far touched only 40 degree celsius which is 3.9 degrees less than the highest ever temperature of 43.9 degree celsius which was recorded in April, 1941. 'As per the record of last 10 years, the temperature in April has not crossed 42 degree celsius', he further said while disclosing that in 2001, the temperature in April was 40.5 degree celsius, 41.3 degree celsius in 2002, 39.1 degree celsius in 2003, 36.8 degree celsius in 2005, 41.9 degree celsius in 2006, 40.6 degrees in 2007, 40.5 degree celsius in 2008 and 40.6 degrees in 2009. To a question, the IMD Director said that a feeble Western Disturbance is likely to touch Jammu and Kashmir in next two to three days but it will provide little respite from the prevailing weather conditions as the system is very small. 'It will bring down the temperature by two to three degrees only and again there will be rise in temperature', Mr Sonam added. 'As there was scanty rainfall in the past, there is every possibility of temperature remaining above normal throughout the season and only sufficient rainfall can provide respite to the people from rising temperatures', he further said. Meanwhile, Dr M K Khushu, Chief Agrometeorology Scientist of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu, said that seven degrees above normal temperature will have some impact on the vegetable crop as water table has already gone down due to scanty rains. He, however, said that there will not be any more adverse impact on the wheat crops, which has already suffered damages due to less rainfall at the grain filling stage. .