This Article is From May 20, 2013

Heat hits Himachal Pradesh, mercury shoots up by seven degrees

Heat hits Himachal Pradesh, mercury shoots up by seven degrees
Shimla: Mercury continued to rise across the hills of Himachal Pradesh on Monday, with temperatures recorded one to seven degrees Celsius above the season's average.

Shimla, at an altitude of 2,130 metres, was "hot" at 29.5 degrees Celsius, a whopping seven notches above what is the average for this time of the season. It recorded a high of 29.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

"The maximum temperature remained above average in the state due to lack of rain," an official of the meteorological office told IANS.

He said Una town, located on the Punjab border, was the hottest at 43 degrees Celsius, while it was 34.8 degrees in Dharamsala - 4.5 notches above average - 39.4 degrees in Sundernagar in Mandi district, 30 degrees in Manali, and 25 degrees in Kalpa town.

The Met department said dry weather would prevail across the state on Tuesday.