Monsoon hits Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla: The monsoon finally reached Himachal Pradesh with state witnessing heavy showers in the past 24 hours bringing cheers to the farmers across the state. Showers lashed Shimla, Manali and other towns, leading to a sharp fall in temperatures.

Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office in Shimla said the southwest monsoon has arrived at various areas of the state and is advancing in other parts.

Singh said the monsoon normally hits the state by June 27. Last year it was well in time and reached here by June 24.

Shimla town recorded 66.6 mm of rain, while Dharamshala 102 mm, Palampur 124 mm  and Manali received 30.6 mm  rainfall.

Gaggal town recorded the highest rainfall of 152 mm.

The weather office has warned of heavy rains in Mandi, Kangra, Shimla, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Chamba districts in the next 48 hours.

Shimla recorded a high of 25.1 degree Celsius while Una was the hottest at 36.8 degree and Dharamshala recorded a high of 33.4 degree.

Overall the state has received 58% deficient rainfall from June 1 to July.

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