Rain along with hail struck Shimla and surrounding areas in the wee hours cooling the queen of hills,early Friday.
The rain began at around 1 :15 A.M.The mercury rose to 28.7 C on Thursday here while the minimum was 19 C, several degrees above normal.
The rain was accompanied with strong winds causing a long power failure in the city.
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