Shimla: Heavy showers having lashed the hills on yesterday and more rains forecast in the week ahead, the meteorological office announced the arrival of monsoon in the state.
Today the south-west monsoon has advanced and covered most parts of Himachal Pradesh, said met director Manmohan Singh.
Conditions are favourable for its further advance over the remaining parts in the next two to three days, he added.
In the last 24 hours heavy rains were recorded at Kangra 152 mm, Palampur 124 mm, Baijnath 129 mm, Dharamsala 81 mm, Jogindernagar 98 mm, Kullu 60 mm, Manali 30.6 mm and Shimla recorded 66.6 mm of rain.
The met office has forecast more rains over the next few days in most of the lower and middle hills
However, the cumulative rainfall chart for district wise distribution from June 1 to July 5 put together by the weather office showed that the state had got 58 percent deficient precipitation in the period.
Among the districts Kinnaur, Chamba and Solan recorded over 80 percent less rainfall in the period and Sirmaur, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts were short of normal rain by over 60 percent.
Kangra district that received 135 mm of rain in the period was deficient by only 27 percent from normal and Kullu which got 82.7 mm rain was deficient by only 24 percent, the table showed.
Temperatures that till last week were hovering at the 30 degree Celsius mark in the state capital dropped to 26.1 C on with the low touching 17.8 degree Celsius.
Una with a high of 40 degrees Celsius was the hottest spot in the state in the last 24 hours.