Rains cool Himachal, hailstorms predicted

May 22nd, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Shimla, May 22 (IANS) Rains brought down temperatures in Himachal Pradesh Sunday by three to four degrees Celsius, the weather department said here.

The department has forecast hailstorms with strong gusty winds with speeds reaching 40 to 50 km per hour at some places in Solan, Bilaspur, Mandi, Shimla and Sirmaur districts till Monday.

Shimla and nearby areas saw moderate rain early Sunday morning. “The entire state saw a good spell of rain, bringing the temperatures down considerably,” Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.

Shimla, which recorded 8 mm rain, saw a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius against Saturday’s high of 27 degrees Celsius.

Mandi town recorded the highest rainfall of 64.2 mm in the state.

Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a maximum temperature of 31.6 degrees Celsius, while it was 30.6 degrees Celsius at Bhuntar in Kullu district and 19.5 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district. The day temperature at Dharamsala in Kangra district stood at 31.6 degrees Celsius.

On Saturday, Sundernagar recorded a maximum temperature of 35.4 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar 34.4 degrees Celsius, Kalpa 21.5 degrees Celsius and Dharamsala 33.2 degrees Celsius, an official said.

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