New school timing comes into effect as Jmu records season's hottest day

TNN Bureau. Updated: 5/21/2024 3:20:51 AM Front Page

Jammu: Jammu on Monday recorded the season's hottest day, with the maximum temperature hitting 42.2 degrees Celsius, an official said, as authorities changed the school timing in view of the "extreme hot weather conditions" to provide relief to the students.
The maximum temperature in Jammu and Kashmir's winter capital was 3.9 notches above the season's average, a Met office spokesperson said.
The minimum temperature also moved a degree above normal to settle at 25.1 degrees Celsius, he added.
Jammu has been reeling from heatwave conditions over the past week, especially after the city's day temperature crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark for the first time this season on May 16.
The upward trend in temperatures prompted local residents to seek early summer vacation in schools.
The Directorate of School Education, Jammu, ordered a change in the school timing in the division's summer zones due to the extreme heat.
The new timing -- 8 am to noon -- came into effect from Monday in all government and private (recognised) schools up to the higher secondary level.
The official said Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a high of 37.6 degrees Celsius and a low of 24 degrees.
Kashmir, on the other hand, continued to enjoy pleasant weather with a fresh spell of rain in wide parts of the Valley, including Srinagar, late on Sunday attracting tourists in large numbers.
The summer capital Srinagar recorded a day temperature of 28.5 degrees Celsius and a night temperature of 12.4 degrees, the official said and added that the city's maximum and minimum temperatures were 3.3 and 1.0 notches above normal, respectively.

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