Srimagar: January 2024 could well have recorded itself as the warmest January in Kashmir’s history.
Kashmir region and certain areas of Jammu region experienced unusually high temperatures, marking it as the warmest January on record, private weather monitoring entity, Kashmir Weather, said on Monday, quoting official data.
This record breaking temperature rise is consistent with the global trend which has already established 2023 as the warmest year on record on earth.
The absence of snowfall and inactive Western Disturbances contributed to extraordinary high temperatures, reaching more than 8°C above normal levels on some days during the month.
At 11.7°C, Srinagar experienced its warmest-ever mean maximum temperature in January, tying with the years 2001 and 1902
While, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Qazigund, Kokernag, and Kupwara observed their highest-ever temperatures. Gulmarg recorded a mean maximum temperature of 5.4°C, Pahalgam 10.3°C, Qazigund 12.1°C, Kokernag 10.9°C, and Kupwara 11.6°C.
In Jammu region, Banihal recorded unprecedented all-time highest mean maximum temperature of 16.4°C.
Bhaderwah and Batote experienced their second-highest mean maximum temperatures on record. Bhaderwah recorded 14.7°C, near to its highest recorded temperature of 15.4°C. Meanwhile, Batote recorded 14.8°C, matching the temperature recorded in 2010, with the all-time highest mean maximum temperature being 18.4°C in 1995.