Shimla and its surrounding areas were lashed by a severe thunderstorm, accompanied by rains and hail last night, disrupting normal life. Power supply was badly affected.
Widespread rains in the surrounding mid and lower hills led to mercury dropping by few notches and minimum temperature plummeted 2.5 degree at Keylong while Kalpa, Manali and Kufri recorded a low of 6.0 degree, 7.1 degree and 7.9 degree respectively.
Mercury dropped to 12.0 degree after rains and storm in Shimla while Bhuntar, Una and Nahan recorded a low of 13.2 degree, 21.0 degree and 22.1 degree.
Dalhousie in Chamba was the wettest with 44 mm rains followed by Salooni 23 mm, Kufri 21 mm, Kalpa19 mm, Mandi 18 mm, Seobagh and Banjar 16 mm, Keylong 15 mm, Fagu 14 mm, Mashobra, Bharmaur and Kahu 12 mm, Shimla 11 mm, Kheri 10 mm, Bilaspur and Arki 9 mm, Theog 8 mm, Jubberhatti, Jogindernagar and Kasauli and Manali 7 mm. The rains proved a boon for the forest department and helped douse the forest fires in several areas.