The hills of Himachal Pradesh were unusually hot Tuesday, with prominent tourist spots recording maximum temperatures two to five degrees above the average, the weather office here said.
Shimla’s maximum temperature was six degrees Celsius above average. The met office has predicted no relief from the sizzling heat this week.
“Temperatures across the state remained on the higher side due to lack of rains. The maximum temperature was above normal,” an official told IANS.
Shimla recorded a high of 29.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum was 19.4 degrees.
Popular tourist resorts like Narkanda, Kufri, Kasauli, Manali, Palampur, Chamba and Dalhousie also experienced hot weather.
Una town was the hottest with 42.8 degrees Celsius.
Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama, experienced a high of 34.2 degrees Celsius. The town’s night temperatures has hovered around 23.9 degrees.
It is hot during the day even in Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti whose high hills are still covered with snow.
The minimum temperature of Keylong was 7.2 degrees Celsius and the maximum 22.7 degrees.
The picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from here, recorded 23.6 degrees Celsius.
“This is not unusual. Prolonged dry spell generally keeps the temperatures above the normal,” the met official said.