Himachal welcomes rain as relief showers

The weather in Himachal Pradesh dramatically shifted as rain showers provided much-needed relief from the intense heat in the state capital. Higher altitudes, including Rohtang Pass, experienced the season’s first snowflakes, much to the delight of tourists and locals. Meanwhile, the Lahaul Valley enjoyed moderate rainfall, further cooling the region.

The Meteorological Center in Shimla has forecast continued rain across various parts of the state throughout the day, issuing a yellow alert for thunderstorms in isolated areas. Residents and travelers are advised to stay updated on local weather advisories. The weather department anticipates intermittent rain to persist in many regions of Himachal Pradesh until June 27, with clear skies expected over the plains and mid-mountain areas from June 22 to 25. Monsoon showers are projected to officially arrive after June 26, bringing additional relief from the ongoing dry spell.

Over the past 24 hours, maximum temperatures have notably decreased across the state, remaining near normal levels for this time of year. Minimum temperatures varied, with Shimla recording 17.2°C, Sundernagar 21.6°C, Bhuntar 17.7°C, Kalpa 12.2°C, Dharamsala 21.0°C, and Una 23.6°C, among others.

Residents and farmers, eager for rain to support agriculture and replenish water reserves, have welcomed the changing weather patterns. As Himachal Pradesh prepares for the monsoon season, expected to bring further relief and rejuvenation, the next few days will be crucial.

The Meteorological Department predicts rain across many parts of the state over the next six days, with rain expected in high-altitude areas from June 23 to 25 and more widespread relief rain from June 26 to 28. A yellow alert for rain and thunderstorms has been issued for several districts. Light drizzle in Shimla has already brought significant relief from the heat. Rainfall in the past 24 hours has led to a drop in maximum temperatures, providing some respite from the heat. Rainfall measurements include 36.0 mm in Mashobra, 11.0 mm in Jot, 9.0 mm in Dalhousie, 8.2 mm in Kufri, 5.4 mm in Kandaghat, and 4.5 mm in Kukumseri.

According to Meteorological Department Director Surendra Pal, a western disturbance is becoming active in Himachal Pradesh, with its effects expected from June 26 to 28. Rain is anticipated in high-altitude areas from June 23 to 25, and the monsoon is expected to arrive by the last week of June.

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