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Rain lashes parts of Himachal

Shimla: A pall of haze obscured the landscape in hills of Himachal due to dust storm in adjoining plains, but sharp showers in the evening cleared the mist in Shimla and adjoining areas. Scattered rains occurred at some places and Dharamsala was wettest with 42.6 mm rainfall, followed by Nehri (31 mm), Sundernagar (21 mm), Kufri, Rampur (6 mm each), Seobagh (5 mm), Bijahi, Bharmaur, Bhuntar and Manali (2 mm each).

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The local Met office has warned of thunderstorm and squall with gusty winds in mid and lower hills from June 15 to 17.

It has forecast rain and thundershowers in mid and lower hills and rain and snow in higher hills for the next five days from June 15 on wards.

Mercury dropped marginally in lower hills and Una recorded maximum temperature at 41.2 degrees Celsius.

Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded a high of 36.2 and 35.9 degrees Celsius respectively, followed by Nahan (33.7), Dharamsala (32.4), Solan (31.5), Palampur (31.1), Shimla (27.0), Manali (26.6), Kalpa (25.5) and Keylong (24.3).

There was no significant change in minimum temperatures and Keylong recoded a low of 11.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Kalpa and Manali (11.4 each), Bhuntar (18.4), Shimla (18.7), Palampur (21.5), Sundernagar (22.6), Solan (23.0), Dharamsala (23.2), Nahan (25.1) and Una (27.4).

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