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This year saw the warmest June in ‘Queen of Hills- 05-07-2012

Known for its cool climes, the “Queen of Hills” experienced the warmest-ever June this summer with the average temperature reaching 28.2°C, largely due to deficient rain and a delayed monsoon.
The previous highest average temperature of 27.4°C was observed in June 1995 when the region, much like the current season, witnessed a large number of forest fires. The normal average temperature for June is 24.9°C.


The state as a whole experienced a dry June with a precipitation of just 27 mm as against the normal rainfall of 104 mm. Hamirpur district was the driest with a deficiency of 90 per cent, followed by Chamba (85 per cent), Solan (84 per cent), Bilaspur (82 per cent), Kinnaur (80 per cent), Mandi (78 per cent), Kangra (77 per cent), Shimla (67 per cent) and Lahaul and Spiti (66 per cent).


The first three days of July have also been much warmer than normal. The average temperature varies from 22°C to 24°C. It was 27.6°C, 26.4°C and 26.1°C for the first three days of the month, respectively.
 

Normally the monsoon arrives in the state around June 24. This year it has been delayed. In charge of the local Met office Manmohan Singh said the monsoon was expected to break over the region soon and there could be widespread rain on July 6.


The delay in the arrival of the monsoon has affected sowing of kharif crops and has also affected fruit crops, particularly litchi and apple. There has been an abnormally high premature dropping of apple due to the dry weather. Some areas in lower hills have not received a drop of rain since the past over 45 days.