Thunder showers lash many parts of Himachal


Rainfall, thunder showers and windstorm bring down the Mercury in this hill state giving respite from the scorching heatwaves as Mercury came down drastically. The high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, 13050 ft high Rohtang Pass and other high reaches reportedly have mild snowfall where as Keylong, district head quarter of Lahaul Spiti got traces of snowfall.


Met Office said that Keylong was receiving rainfall since early this morning recorded with highest 22 mm rainfall. Sundernagar in Mandi got 18.4 mm rainfall, Kalpa got 15.8 mm rainfall till 0830 hours today, Bhuntar in Kullu 14.8 mm, Seobagh 12.2 mm, Mandi and Nahan in Sirmaur  10.2 mm each, Poanta Sahib 9 mm, Palampur of Kangra 8.6 mm. Tourist resort Manali experienced seven mm rainfall, Una 6.8 mm, Jubberhati airport 4 mm, Dharamshala 1.8 mm and Shimla 1.5 mm.


Rainfall and thunderstorm also lashed many other places in the day and gave respite form the sweltering heat waves as Mercury was keeping six to seven degree above from the normal. Keylong was recorded coldest place in the State with minimum temperature of 4 degree Celsius followed by Kalpa with 6 degrees, Manali 8.6 degrees, Shimla 11.3 degrees, Nahan 13 degrees, Solan and Bhuntar 15 degrees each, Sundernagar 16 degrees and Kangra and Una 18. 5 degrees each respectively.


Un-seasonal rainfall may affect the harvesting of Rabi season as it is in full swing in the foothills and mid hills in the State. The Met office warned that thunderstorm and hail may affect the parts of mid hills in next 24 hours. It forecasts rain,thunder showers or snowfall in the isolated parts of foot hills and high reaches and few places of mid hills in the State. The maximum temperature is likely to come down with the partly cloudy and inclement weather in the State.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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