Rain, hail bring cold back to Himachal Pradesh

April 3rd, 2008 - 6:50 pm ICT by admin  

Shimla, April 3 (IANS) Cold weather returned to Himachal Pradesh after thunder showers and hail storm lashed the hill state, ending a six-week dry spell Thursday. Thundershowers accompanied by hail hit the state capital Shimla in the wee hours of Thursday, forcing residents to bring out their woollens once again.

Due to rains and hail, the mercury fell to 7.5 degree Celsius in Shimla. The maximum was 14.4 degree Celsius, almost six degrees below what it was Wednesday.

There have been reports of hail and ground frost damage to many apple orchards in the state which are in full bloom.

The higher reaches in the tribal belt of Lahaul& Spiti, Kinnaur and Bharmaur had light to moderate snowfall.

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