Shimla, Jun 29: Sweltering heat wave and mainly dry weather in most places of Himachal Pradesh delayed the South West Monsoon for ten days, leading to a drought-like condition in parts of Shimla, Solan, Sirmuar, Bilaspur Hamirpur and Una district.
Maximum temperature increased one to two degree above normal due to scorching sunshine and heat wave in the state.
Una sizzled at 42 degrees was highest in the state. Meanwhile, Bilaspur recorded 38.8 degrees, Kangra and Hamirpur 38.6 degrees each, Chamba 38 degrees, Sundernagar 37.5 degrees and Mandi 37.1, Bhuntar 35.8, Nahan in Siramur and Solan 34 and 32 degrees, respectively, while Manali in Kullu saw 29.1 degrees and Dharmshala in Kangar 30.4 degrees.This capital town recorded 27.8 degrees. Kalpa in Kinnuar, saw 24.6 degrees, while Dalhousie 24.3 degrees, Keylong in Lahaul Spiti 22 degrees, and Tourist resort Kufri 22 degrees.
On Saturday, light rain was experienced in the state. Dharmshala got 8.2 mm rain fall.
Meanwhile,Sundernagar 7.7 degrees, Sujanpur Tira six mm, Sandhol in Bilaspur three mm. In capital city, 2 mm rain fall was recorded.South West Monsoon delay of about nine to ten days is leading to drought-like condition in Many part of Solan, Shimla, Sirmuar, Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur district as water supply from the all water sources are shrinking.
The sowing of Kharif season and off-season vegetables being delayed by two weeks as heat wave conditions forced the farmers to delay the tilling, transplantation of sapling and seeds in the farms.The Met Office had also forecast mainly dry weather in many places of foot hills and high reaches and light rain showers in the mid hills in next 24 hrs. (UNI)