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Forest Fire Threat Rises as Jammu and Kashmir Experiences Prolonged Dry Weather

Srinagar 8 Jan: Jammu and Kashmir has been experiencing prolonged dry weather conditions over the past 35 days, with cold temperatures but little precipitation, according to independent weatherman Aadil Maqbool. He stated that the region was influenced by only four weak Western Disturbances in December, which failed to bring any significant rain or snow. As a result, all districts across Jammu and Kashmir received below-normal rainfall last month, with deficits ranging from 50% to 98% below average.

The dry conditions have led to an increase in forest fires in recent days, with blazes reported in places like Manzigam, Kagan Ganderbal, and the higher reaches of Kokarnaag. Maqbool attributed the drier than normal weather to an El Nino effect, which causes Western Disturbances forming over the Mediterranean, Caspian, and Arabian Seas to lose intensity. Weather models indicate no major Western Disturbances are expected through mid-January, meaning the prolonged dry spell could continue.

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