Pre-monsoon shower contains heatwave in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, June 21
Himachal Pradesh, currently experiencing a sweltering heatwave in the mid and plains, received containment respite as pre-monsoon rains lashed several areas of the state last night. The South West Monsoon is scheduled to reach Himachal Pradesh after June 26 or later.
On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in Una soared to around 39.6 degrees Celsius. However, widespread rainfall and thunderstorms brought relief from the heat-wave conditions on Tuesday night, resulting in pleasant weather on Wednesday.
According to the Meteorological Office, Dhaula Kuan (Sirmaur) received 50.5 mm of rainfall, Shimla recorded 40 mm, Jogindernagar (Mandi) received 20 mm, Dalhousie recorded 26 mm, Solan received 20 mm, while Mashobra and Jubberhati airport recorded 17 mm of rainfall.
Over the past 24 hours, thunderstorms have been reported in Shimla, Sundernagar (Mandi), and Kangra districts.
Due to the fresh spell of pre-monsoon rains, the minimum temperature dropped by one to two degrees below normal. Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 16.3 degrees Celsius, which was 1.7 degrees below the normal average.
In popular tourist destinations, the temperatures were as follows: Manali 16 degrees Celsius, Kufri 15 degrees Celsius, Narkanda 13.4 degrees Celsius, Dalhousie 14.2 degrees Celsius, Keylong (Lahaul-Spiti) 10.5 degrees Celsius, Kslpa 12.8 degrees Celsius, and Dharmshala 22 degrees Celsius.
At various other locations across the state, the temperatures were recorded as follows: Bhuntar 20 degrees Celsius, Jubbarhatti 19.4 degrees Celsius, Solan 20 degrees Celsius, Kangra 25 degrees Celsius, Mandi 22 degrees Celsius, Bilaspur 23 degrees Celsius, Hamirpur 24.8 degrees Celsius, and Chamba 22.2 degrees Celsius.
The weather remained predominantly cloudy on Wednesday, and the Meteorological Office has forecasted light rainfall in parts of Solan, Shimla, and Sirmaur districts over the next 24 hours.
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