Mercury rises in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla:The maximum temperatures today rose by four to seven degrees in Himachal Pradesh as intermittent rains and stormy conditions in the state abated after five days.

Una in Shivalik hills was the hottest at 39.5 degrees against 32.8 degrees yesterday. Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded maximum temperatures of 35.4 degrees, followed by Nahan 34.8 degrees, Solan 31.2 degrees, Dharamshala 30.8 degrees, Shimla 27.8 degrees, Manali 26.5 degrees and Kalpa 25.0 degrees C.

Barring Arki, Kangra, Pachhad and Kasauli which received 20 mm, 17.6 mm, 9 mm and 5 mm rains, weather in rest of the state remained dry inspite of forecast of rain across the state by local MeT office.

The minimum temperatures breached 11.0 degrees mark in tribal areas and higher hills with Keylong, Manali and Kalpa recording a low of 11.1 degrees, 11.2 degrees and 11.6 degrees C respectively, followed by Shimla 16.2 degrees, Solan 16.4 degrees, Bhuntar 17.0 degrees, Dharamsala 17.4 degrees, Palampur 18.5 degrees, Nahan 18.7 degrees, Sundernagar 19.1 degrees and Una 23.4 degrees C.

The local MeT office has predicted rains or thunder storm at isolated places in lower, mid and higher hills for the next six days from tomorrow due to western disturbances.

Director of local MeT office, Manmohan Singh, said pre-monsoon and monsoon showers are likely to hit the state by the end of June.