Moderate to heavy rains occurred in many parts of Himachal Pradesh as monsoons intensified in the state, bringing happiness for the farmers and apple growers. Mercury dropped by few notches due to intermittent rains in some parts of the state, a Met department official said.
Himachal Pradesh received 67 mm rains from June 1 to June 21 this year which is 29 per cent above the normal rainfall of 52 mm and all districts except tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul. Spiti and Kullu district had excess rains. Solan district received 223 per cent excess rains while Una, Bilaspur, Sirmaur, Mandi and Hamirpur received 144, 111, 94, 82 and 67 per cent excess rains. Kangra and Shimla districts received 18 per cent and 16 per cent excess rains while Chamba district received normal rains. However, Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts had 96 and 89 per cent deficit rains.
Nahan was wettest in the region with 49 mm rains while Gaggal and Shimla received 43 and 29.5 mm rains, followed by Dharamshala 21 mm, Naina Devi 19 mm, Dharampur 17 mm, Solan and Bhoranj 10 mm , Paonta sahib 7mm Bhawarna 6 mm and Sujanpur Tira 5 mm. Maximum temperature dropped by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius and stayed 2 to 3 degrees below normal. Una was hottest in the region with maximum temperature at 34.6 degrees Celsius, a drop of 3.5 degrees Celsius while Bhuntar recorded a high of 32.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar 31.9 degrees Celsius, Dharamshala 29.6 degrees Celsius, Nahan 29.1 degrees Celsius, Solan 27 degrees Celsius, Kalpa 25 degrees Celsius, Manali 23.4 degrees Celsius and Shimla 23 degrees Celsius.
However, minimum temperatures rose marginally and Kalpa and Keylong recorded a low 13.6 and 14.9 degrees Celsius, followed by Dharamsala 16 degrees Celsius, Shimla 17.1 degrees Celsius, Nahan 18.5 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar 19.5 degrees Celsius, Sundernagar 23.5 degrees Celsius and Una 27.8 degrees Celsius. The local MeT office has predicted rains and thundershowers at isolated places in lower, mid and higher hills from June 23 and heavy rains in some parts of the state tomorrow.