The mercury continued to rise across the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh Saturday, recording temperatures five to 10 degrees higher than average. In some areas, it crossed 43 degrees Celsius.
State capital Shimla recorded a high of 29.6 degrees Celsius, 10 notches above average.
“The maximum temperature remained above average by five to 10 degrees in the state Saturday,” Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.
He said Una town, located on the
Dharamsala, the venue of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings Sunday, recorded 35.6 degrees Celsius, seven notches above average.
Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a maximum of 39.9 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar in Kullu district - 35.2 degrees, and Kalpa in Kinnaur district - 23.7 degrees.
The met department said there could be light to moderate rain or thundershowers Sunday in the state.
“There are chances of one or two spells of light to moderate rain or thundershowers Sunday, even in Dharamsala,” he said.