Jammu’s temp for May breaks 26 years record

Heat records continue to tumble in Jammu with day time temperature on Tuesday touching 46 degrees Celsius – highest ever temperature measured in the month of May since past 26 years.

Tuesday’s 46 degrees C measured at Jammu broke the previous record 45.8 recorded on 26 years back in the month of May.

While the temperature of Jammu today broke 26 years’ old record of 45.8 degree Celsius, the intensity of ultra- violet rays has gone three times high than normal, exposing people to the risk of skin cancer and other skin related diseases through harmful radiations.

The heat waves swept across plain areas of Jammu region including Samba and Kathua districts, while the winter capital city experienced the hottest day of this season at 46 degree Celsius in the month of May.

Sonam Lotus Director MET department predicted that there would be further increase in the temperature in the next few days. But the scorching heat wave have brought the normal life in Jammu city to a grinding halt as most of people were off the streets in the comfort of coolers and air conditioners at homes

He disclosed that the school going children, the labourers working in the open sun are more prone to this kind of risk. The general public should take more precautions under such heat conditions, he added.

While responding to another question, the SKUAST Scientist said this temperature has been recorded after a long span of over 26 years. He disclosed that Kathua and Samba also recorded almost same temperature today. The highest record of maximum temperature is 47.4 degree Celsius on May 31, 1988 and May 26, 1984 in Jammu.

He further added that this scorching heat wave would affect the skin and direct contact to heat waves between 12 Pm to 2 Pm can cause heat stroke and exposure to excessive heat usually results in headache, nausea, weakness, dizziness and fainting.

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