Srinagar, September 1: August was the hottest on record in Kashmir, and the region as a whole has had a rainfall deficit of over 80%.
According to the breakdown provided by the Meteorological Department, Srinagar only received 9.2 mm of rain in August, which is 86% below average.
In August of 1987, the city received 2.7% of its annual average rainfall.
Kupwara, located in northern Kashmir, had 18.1 mm of precipitation in August, which is 80% below average.
In 2009, the district had an 80 percent monthly deficit.
There was a shortage of 36.7 mm of precipitation (or 83% of normal) at the Gulmarg ski resort.
The similar quantity was reported in the north Kashmir resort in 2009.
The August rainfall shortfall in Kokernag, Anantnag district, south Kashmir, was 77%, the same as it was in 1993. The 1993 deficit was also 24.1 mm.
There was a shortfall of 35.9 millimetres (72.9 percent) in the Anantnag health resort of Pahalgam.
The region saw a dry August for the first time in 1987.
The percentage of states with insufficient precipitation this season ranges from 48% in Kerala to 37% in Manipur and 33% in Jharkhand.
The biggest surplus (169%) was recorded in Ladakh, followed by surpluses of 61% and 31% in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, respectively.
August had extreme heat wave conditions and little rainfall.
Since the start of summer, reports have come in of a heat wave in Kashmir, with the temperature reaching 34.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar.
Extreme heat hit the state of J&K throughout the months of May and June.
Hot weather persisted through May, June, and July.
Maximum temperatures in regions of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir have been exceptionally high, despite the fact that a heat wave affects most of northern and central India every May.
Urban areas like Srinagar recording day temperatures in the 30-40 degrees Celsius range is abnormal and was aggravated by contributions from other local weather, anthropogenic, and man-made factors.
Temperatures in J&K have remained high because the weak and dehydrated Western Disturbances that often bring clouds and rain at this time of year have failed to materialise.
This year’s driest month, September, was predicted by Greater Kashmir on Friday.
In several parts of northeast India, neighbouring east India, the foothills of the Himalayas, and certain parts of east-central and south peninsular India in September, IMD predicts normal to above normal rainfall.
Most of the nation will have below-average precipitation this week.
Neither J&K nor any of the other states or union territories in northern India are mentioned.
IMD predicts that “above normal maximum temperatures are likely over most parts of the country, except some areas in south peninsular India and some pockets in west central India,” with the caveat that minimum temperatures are also expected to be above normal across the majority of the country with the exception of the very northernmost regions.