Himachal weather: 4-day yellow alert beginning today for heavy rainfall in most parts of state, people advised to avoid unnecessary travel


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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for thunderstorms and heavy rain for four days from August 4 in most of Himachal Pradesh. Electricity, water and traffic may be affected during this period.

While the IMD cited a new western disruption as the reason for the change in weather pattern, the administration advised people not to travel over the next four days unless it is very urgent.

Advising residents and affected government and disaster agencies to be on the alert, IMD said heavy to very heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning were expected in most locations over the plains, low and mid-hills of Himachal Pradesh. Rainfall in the 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm range is considered “heavy” according to IMD, while that from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm is considered “very heavy”. The rain above 204.5 mm falls into the “extremely heavy” category.

Dhaulakaun in Paonta Sahib Subdivision of Sirmaur District received the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours at 162mm, followed by 110mm at Kasauli (Solan), Nagrota Suriyan (Kangra) at 99.1mm and Nahan (Sirmaur) at 94, 6mm

Below are the minimum and maximum temperatures at prominent locations in Himachal:
Location – Min – Max
Shimla – 17 – 22.7
Sundernagar – 22.6 – 32.4
Bhuntar – 21.1 – 33.4
Kalpa – 12.6 – 24.2
Dharamshala – 19.2 – 29.2
One – 24.4 – 37.2
Hold – 23.3 – 28.1
Keylong – 10.4 – 25.8
Solan – 20.4 – 29.1


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