Thunder showers cool temperatures in Himachal

Shimla: A late afternoon thunder shower cooled temperatures that had begun to soar bringing about much relief to tourists, though farmlands at some places suffered damages because of accompanying hail with the rain.

The day’s high in the city touched 25 degree Celsius and the low was 16 degree Celsius, said the met office. The gauges recorded 0.9 mm rain in the afternoon, he added.

Tourist out in summer wear had to run for cover by drawing out light woolens as the temperatures dropped dramatically.

Shweta, a tourist from Delhi said, “the storm and thunder shower was so exciting, but not carrying any woolens, to adjust to the weather I had to buy one immediately.”

Elsewhere farmers, mainly apple orchard owners were a worried lot dark clouds threatened to rain hail pellets and damage crops.

Staying put at his farmhouse in Chajjpur, orchard owner Rajeev Chauhan said, “the anti hail guns across the valley at Khatasu having been firing away to drive away the hail bearing clouds.”

While reports at weather stations were still being compiled, there were reports of hail having damaged some areas in the apple belt of Shimla district.

Rain was also recorded at Sundernagar, Mandi,, Bhuntar, Dharamshala and Solan.

Una at 40.2 degree Celsius and Kylong with low of 4.8 degree Celsius and a high of 18.9 degree Celsius were the hottest and coolest places in the state.

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