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Kashmir Intense Heatwave, Srinagar Records Hottest May Day in Decade

Srinagar experienced its hottest May day in a decade on May 23, with temperatures reaching 32.2°C. Heatwave is expected to persist until May 29, prompting officials to urge precautions like staying hydrated avoiding outdoor activities during peak hours.

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Kashmir Intense Heatwave, Srinagar Records Hottest May Day in Decade

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Kashmir Valley is facing a heatwave with Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experiencing its hottest May day in ten years on Thursday, May 23rd. The temperature reached 32.2 degrees Celsius, breaking the 2013 record.

The scorching temperature is one symptom of the heatwave gripping the region, causing discomfort and disruption. Meteorological department officials have warned of a dry and hot spell for the coming days, with no significant change expected until May 29th. The lack of rainfall has raised concerns about a heightened risk of forest fires.

32.2 degrees Celsius is the hottest May temperature in a decade, but Srinagar has had higher temperatures before. The extended heatwave and consistently above-normal temperatures are concerning for local authorities and residents.

Kashmir Heatwave: Five-Day IMD Forecast The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted an isolated heatwave across the valley for the next five days, PTI reported. Hot and dry weather will persist during this time with no significant rainfall till month-end.

"The weather will stay dry with isolated thundershowers until May 28," the IMD said.

Officials are urging residents to take precautions against the heat, including staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous activity during peak sun hours, and wearing loose, protective clothing. The education department has advised schools to avoid holding outdoor assemblies during the afternoon heat.

Doctors issued heatwave guidelines, reminding people to be aware of signs of heatstroke and dehydration. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) advisory asks people to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if they don't feel thirsty, and to avoid caffeinated beverages.

The advisory recommends using wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, shields, and umbrellas to protect the skin from sunburn. People working in high temperatures and humidity should drink cold water.

For those outside, the advisory suggests taking frequent shade breaks or staying indoors. Applying sunscreen regularly is recommended to protect the skin.

DHS cautions against leaving kids in parked cars, even with windows down. Kids should stay in shaded areas, take breaks to cool down and hydrate. Dressing them in light clothing and applying sunscreen is advised.

With the heatwave expected to persist, staying cool and following safety precautions will be crucial for Kashmiris. healthcare professionals are working to raise awareness and ensure public well-being.

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