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Heat-wave sweeps: Una records highest temperature at 40.4 degrees Celsius

Shimla, May 15

Northern India  now in the grip of a sweltering heatwave, with Una town along the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh border recording highest temperature at a scorching 40.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The Indian Meteorological Department confirmed that this for Una, and the temperature was 2.6 degrees above normal.

The rising temperatures are not limited to Una, as many other towns in the region have also been hit hard. Shimla, for instance, saw its maximum temperature climb to 25 degrees Celsius, which was 1.6 degrees above normal. Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Nahan, and Mandi all recorded a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius or higher. Solan reached 32 degrees Celsius, Dharmshala recorded 30 degrees Celsius, Jubberhati airport saw 29 degrees Celsius, and Bhuntar recorded 27.3 degrees Celsius. Even the normally cooler areas like Kalpa and Dalhousie saw temperatures above 15 degrees Celsius.

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Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures continue to remain below normal in most parts of the region, with Keylong at just two degrees Celsius, and Kalpa at 4.5 degrees Celsius. Shimla recorded a minimum of 15.8 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar airport at 10.4 degrees Celsius, and Kangra at 16.9 degrees Celsius.

However, some relief has come in the form of scattered rains in some areas, with Sangla in Kinnuar receiving 1.6 mm of rain, and Mandi and Kufri experiencing a slight drop in temperature of 1.4 degrees Celsius and 1 degree Celsius respectively.

In the face of the ongoing heatwave, authorities are urging residents to take necessary precautions and stay hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses. It’s a tough time for many, but hopefully, cooler temperatures will return soon.


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