Tribune News Service
Shimla, November 22
Amidst tightening cold wave due to continuous drop in mercury, the local MeT station on Sunday forecast heavy rain at isolated places in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kangra, Kinnaur, Chamba and Lahaul and Spiti on Wednesday.
The Met office also predicted rain and thundershowers in mid hills and rain and snow in higher hills from Monday to Thursday as a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the region.
Admn issues alert
In view of the snow avalanche warning, the Chamba administration has advised people living in high altitudes of Chamba district, especially Pangi and Bharmour areas, to take precautions during heavy snowfall. Officials have also been asked to remain alert to deal with any untoward situation.
The entire region is in the grip of severe cold wave as the minimum temperature dropped further by few notches. Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts and Manali recorded a low of -6.4°C , -2.6°C and 0.2 °C while Bhuntar and Solan shivered at 1.7°C and Sundernagar and Palampur at 2.0°C, three to seven degree below normal. Night temperatures dipped to 3.6°C at Kufri, 4.2 °C at Una and 5.1 °C in Shimla.
The weather remained cloudy with strong chilly winds sweeping the region and maximum temperatures during day also stayed three to nine degree below normal.
Temperature in Chamba was recorded to be 17.8 degree, nine degree below normal while Dalhousie and Dharamsala recorded a high (maximum) of 9.8 degree and 13.2 degree, eight degree below normal. The day temperatures stayed six degree below normal at Hamirpur and Manali, five degree below normal at Kangra, Mandi and Bilaspur and four degree below normal at Sundernagar, Una and Keylong.
Due to dry weather during the past three days, the post-monsoon rain deficit from October 1 to November 22 has increased from 40 to 43 per cent.
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