At 44.3°C, hotter in HP, Dharamsala records another record

There is no respite from the heat wave in Himachal as temperatures in several regions remained above the 40 degree mark on Tuesday, while Dharamshala recorded another sizzling day with mercury reaching 37 .7 degrees Celsius.

At 44.3 degrees, Una was the hottest in the state, followed by the city of Bilaspur at 41.5 degrees.

Barthin in Bilaspur district and Dhaulakuan simmered at 40.3 degrees, while Hamirpur saw a high of 40.5 degrees and Kangra 40 degrees.

Located 1,457 meters above sea level, the city of Dharamsala saw the mercury touch 37.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees higher than on Monday.

In more than a decade, the temperature in Dharamshala has never reached 37 degrees. However, since June 4, the mercury has crossed the bar consecutively and is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave as in the plain.

In the past three decades, the highest temperature recorded in Dharamshala was 38.6 degrees in June 1995, while in June 2009 it recorded its previous record high of 37.2 degrees Celsius.

The temperature was 5.4 degrees above normal in Dharamshala, the highest among all major hill stations in the state.

Meanwhile, the state capital Shimla recorded a maximum temperature of 29.4 degrees, the nearby tourist resort of Kufri 23.5 degrees and Narkanda 23.7 degrees.

The popular tourist town of Manali saw highs of 30.2 degrees, Palampur 30.2 degrees and Dalhousie 27.6 degrees.

A respite from the heat wave is expected from Wednesday, as the weather service predicted showers in the middle hills and rain and snowfall in isolated pockets in the highlands.

Shimla MeT center manager Surender Paul said the wet weather is expected to last until next Saturday.

A yellow alert was issued for thunderstorms and lightning in isolated pockets in the lower and middle hills, he added.