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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2015

Climate Change

Himachal Pradesh exhibits considerable variation in the distribution of rainfall and temperature due to varying aspects and altitudes.  Precipitation declines from west to east and south to north.  The average annual rainfall of Himachal is 1111 mm, varying from about 450 mm in Lahaul & Spiti to over 3,400 mm in Dharamsala, the district headquarters of Kangra.  About 70% of this precipitation is received during the months of July to September.  Winter precipitation in the form of snowfall is received at elevations above 1800 m.  An average of 3 m of snowfall is experienced from December to March at elevations above 3000 m.  The reaches above 4500 m above msl remain under almost perpetual snow.