Mercury soars up to 43 degrees in Himachal 

Himachal Pradesh is reeling under an unrelenting heatwave, with temperatures soaring to extreme levels across the state. 

On Monday, Una recorded the highest temperature at a scorching 43.4°C, followed closely by Neri at 43.1°C and Dhaulakuan at 42.0°C.

 The mid-hills and popular tourist destinations weren’t spared either, with places like Shimla experiencing temperatures as high as 29.0°C and Manali hitting 26.9°C.

The heatwave has turned many of the state’s cooler regions unusually warm. In Kalpa, the mercury touched 22.8°C, while Keylong, typically known for its cooler climate, recorded 15.6°C.

 Other significant readings included Dharamshala at 35.1°C, Nahan at 38.1°C, and Kangra at 39.2°C. Even higher altitude locations such as Kufri and Dalhousie felt the heat with temperatures of 23.3°C and 28.3°C respectively.

The oppressive heat has made daily life challenging for residents and tourists alike. The high temperatures have led to increased demand for water and electricity, straining the state’s resources.

 Health officials have issued warnings advising people to stay hydrated, avoid direct sunlight during peak hours, and take necessary precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Agriculture, a critical sector in Himachal Pradesh, is also feeling the impact, with concerns about the heat affecting crop yields.

 Farmers in the region are anxiously awaiting relief as the high temperatures continue unabated.

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