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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM (IST)

Una sizzles at 43°C as heat wave intensifies

Una sizzles at 43°C as heat wave intensifies
Women cover themselves to escape the scorching sun in Shimla on Thursday. Photo: Amit Kanwar

Tribune News Service

Shimla, April 20

Heat wave conditions prevailed in lower hills of Himachal during the day. People reeled under scorching sun as Una in Shivalik foothills groaned under 43.0 degree, the hottest day in April after six years. It was on April 17, 2010 that the temperature rose to 43.2 degree in Una.

Shimla, queen of hills, is also experiencing warmer days and nights.

The local MeT office prediction of thunder squall, rains or snow for six days from today notwithstanding, the mercury maintained the rising trend.

Barring Keylong and Kalpa in tribal areas and key tourist resort of Manali, most of other places recorded maximum temperatures above 32.5 degree, sending a disturbing signal that summers would be hotter, and may cause water shortage during peak season.

The Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for hot weather season (March to May) 2017 indicating increase of 1.0 degree in average temperature during summers was proving true as temperatures are staying four to nine degree above normal.

The state is facing perennial water shortage during the summers as water sources dry up due to rising temperatures. Further, 26 per cent less monsoon rains, 92 per cent rain shortfall from October to December 2016, 10 per cent less winter rains and 23 per cent rain deficit from March 1 till date do not augur well for the state.

Eight out of 12 districts including Hamirpur, Una, Sirmaur, Kangra and Bilaspur and parts of Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts face water shortage during summers, requiring special steps to cope up with the situation.

The local MeT has predicted wet spell over the next six days and warned of thundershowers and squall at isolated places in mid hills on April 21 and 22.


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