Shimla records hottest day in 170 years

Shimla: With the mercury touching 32.4 degree Celsius, Shimla recorded its highest temperature in 170 years of recorded temperature readings today, surpassing an earlier high of 31.7 degree Celsius recorded on 20 May, 2004.

“At 32.4 degree Celsius, a departure of 8.3 Celsius from normal, it is the highest temperature ever recorded by Shimla meteorological station,” said Manmohan Singh, director of the station. The earlier record high was 31.7 degree Celsius recorded on 20th May, 2004, he added.

The met director disclosed that the Shimla weather observatory was established in 1840 at the Viceregal Lodge that now houses the Indian Institute of Advance Studies. “It’s only temperature recordings of the last twenty years that new highs are being made,” he said. On Wednesday, the day’s high was recorded at 30.9 degree Celsius.

Later the weather station was shifted to the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) building on The Mall and before the observatory was shifted to Central Potato Research Institute- Bamloie in 1989, which is at a lower altitude location, the highest temperature recorded in the city at the older station was 30.6 degree Celsius on 13th June, 1932, Manmohan Singh disclosed.

The day’s high temperature took a toll as mid-day life in the city came to a standstill. Tourists and residents chose to stay out of the scorching sun that strikes harder in the hills because of altitudinal effect.

Stores that tend to remain open for longer hours during summers in order to cater to tourists took a longer lunch break as the shopping arcade ‘The Mall’ bore a deserted look.

An uncomfortable Harpreet Singh said, “Running away from the heat of Delhi is not much of a relief here.” Shelving plans of staying longer, he said he intended to head out for Sangla Valley in Kinnaur to enjoy the forced summer break from work.

The heat wave was sweeping through the state with low lying Una sizzling at 44.8 degree Celsius, Mandi recorded 42.2 degree Celsius, Dharamshala at 38.2 degree Celsius, Kullu at 38.6 degree Celsius, Solan at 36.5 degree Celsius and Kalpa in the shadow of Kinner Kailash peak in Kinnaur district touched the day’s high at 25 degree Celsius, the met office disclosed.

An octogenarian apple orchard owner, Rattan Chand observed, “Having lived over eighty summers, they are getting hotter and hotter as I advance in age. This summer is certainly one of the hottest one.”

Photo credit: Amit Kanwar

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  1. says: Rohit Sood

    Himachal Govt need 2 put off their silly projects where they cut trees in name of development … the biggest shame is Congress Bhawan where congress govt brought down 5 trees for construction of their office. 1 thing more i don’t understand (this is 2 my knowledge) that the govt has banned any new construction in simla still new offices and houses are been made in simla which is adding 2 this temp rise … Even being from Himachal it feels like shame that our own govt is adding 2 destruction of its states environment.

    Shame on u both govts (congress nd BJP) ..jst shame on u ppl..

  2. says: Vineet Vaidya

    I understand that this could be the hottest day in the history of Shimla….records as old as 170 years (and before), may not have been there…etc.
    I fully subscribe to that fact that Shimla is getting hotter….we always state Govts. responsibility., but as citizens we need to take some action at our end. I admire the myhimachal support for the Handloom sector….I am sure such social entrepreneurial models are the ones which would have all of us look at generating meaningful to the society….Govts are govts…..

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