Wintry conditions in HP, plains get respite from heat wave
Chandigarh, June 17 (UNI) Wintry conditions were felt in the summer season in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh which experienced snowfall during the last 24 hours while the plains had respite from the scorching heat due to widespread pre-monsoon showers.
High altitude areas of tribal districts of Kinnuar, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kullu experienced snowfall during the past 24 hours, bringing the temperatures down to winter level.
While the higher mountain peaks of these districts were experiencing mild snowfall, the lower areas were receiving rain since last night, plummeting day and night temperatures in the entire state.
The areas which experienced snowfall included Rohtang Pass, situated at 13,050 ft above sea level, Baralacha Pass and other peaks in Lahaul district, Saach Pass and higher reaches of Pangi and Bharmaour and Kinner Kailesh in Kinnuar.
Pangi sub division in Chamba district continued to remain cut off from the rest of the country due to the closure of Saach Pass after receiving snowfall for the fourth day today.
Light showers were lashing Rekong Peo in Kinnuar, Manali and Kullu towns in Kullu district, Keylong the district headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba town since last night.
The water discharge in Satluj river has come down to 380 cumecs from a high of 1,000 cumecs last week due to a fall in the day and night temperatures, slowing down the melting of glaciers.
Reports of rain were also received from Kangra town, Solan and Sirmaur districts, while it was cloudy over Shimla and its adjoining areas, much to the discomfort of the tourists who had arrived here.
The plains of Punjab and Haryana pre-monsoon showers were experienced at several places giving the people respite from the heat wave which had gripped the region for the past few weeks.
Ludhiana experienced 10 mm railfall, Patiala 8.8 mm and Nagal Dam 1.2 mm during the past 24 hours.
In Union Territory of Chandigarh 11.2 mm rainfall was recorded.
Karnal experienced 22.4 mm, 13 mm, Ambala 7.9 mm and Hisar 3.9 mm.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has predicted hail storm and dust storm upto a speed of 65 km per hour in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in the next 24 hours.
Punjab and Haryana are expected to have thundershowers while Himachal Pradesh may experienced heavy rainfall.
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