Monsoon rain lashes many areas in north-west region

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Chandigarh, Jun 19 (UNI) Rain lashed many areas in north-west India overnight as monsoon remained vigorous in Himachal Pradesh, providing respite to people from scorching heat.

The maximum temperatures stayed four degrees to ten degrees celsius below normal at most places in the region in the wake of rain. Moderate to heavy rain lashed many areas in Himachal Pradesh last night, triggering landslides in some areas. The capital town of Shimla and its adjoining areas were also pounded by rain overnight.The town measured 8.6 mm rainfall till this morning.

Dharamshala, Sundernagar, Mandi, Pandoh, Rampur, Sujanpur Tira, Guler Solang Nala and tourist resort of Manali also experienced moderate to heavy rainfall.

Rains also lashed some areas in Punjab with Shahpur Kandi turning the wettest place in the state, recording 30.0 mm rainfall till this morning. Ranjit Sagar Dam site also had downpour.

Several areas in Haryana also experienced moderate rain overnight.

Nilokheri with 45.0 mm rain was the wettest place in the state while Narnaul registered 38.0 mm and Bhivani 20 mm rainfall. Other areas, including Dadri, Hissar, Hansi and Karnal, were also swept by rain.

Monsoon rain also lashed Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana. The city, where the maximum temprature remained static at 34.6 degrees, four degrees below normal, measured 14.8 mm rainfall.

Upper air cyclonic circulation over Central Pakistan and Northwest Rajasthan and West Punjab persisted and extended upto 2.1 km above sea level. Another Upper air cyclonic circulation lay over Southwest Uttar Pradesh and neighbourhood, extending upto 4.5 km above sea level, according to the Met office here.

The Weather office predicted moderate to rather heavy rain in many areas of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and few areas of Haryana during the next 24 hours. It warned of heavy rain at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab during the period.

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