By : Mohan Verma
Many parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced light to moderate spell of rainfall overnight keeping inclement weather condition alive in the state, which also affected the growth of apple crops in the snow lines.
Hill station Kasauli got 35 mm rain in Solan district, Kandaghat 14 mm and Solan town 15 mm each, in Bilaspur district Berthin had 35 mm rain and Bilaspur town 28 mm.
In Shimla district, Kharapathar had 23 mm, Theog 21 mm, Shimla 18 mm, Jubbarhatti and Kumarsain 16 mm each and Rampur 14 mm. In Sirmaur district, Paonta Sahib had 11 mm and Nahan 10 mm, respectively.
The rainfall on the snow line is likely to delay the growth of fruit crop especially tribal district of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti where temperature was declining time and again affecting growth of fruit buds also posing threat of ‘frost bite’ due to unseasonal snowfall on the high reaches and subsequently declining of mercury.
Mercury plunged by three to four degrees in the state due to inclement weather as Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti was low at 2.6 degrees Celsius down by 2.5 from the normal, Kalpa in Kinnaur district was at 3 degrees and down by 3.5 degrees.
Minimum temperate of Manali was 5 degrees, Shimla town 8 degrees which was a down by 5 degrees, Dalhousie in Chamba district was recorded low at 9.7 degrees, down by 3.7 degrees.
Nahan was low at 10 degrees and down by 11 degrees, Bhuntar in Kullu district and Chamba 11 degrees each, Dharamshala and Solan 12 degrees, down by 6.7 degrees and 3 degrees respectively.
Sundernagar in Mandi district and Palampur in Kangra district 13 degrees each, down by 2 and 3 degrees respectively, Una, Kangra and Mandi 14 degrees each, Bilaspur 15 degrees, down by 3 degrees and Hamirpur 16 degrees and down by 4 degrees.
The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in the state in next 24 hours.