The farmers who were worried about weakening of monsoon for past ten days, heaved a sigh of relief and hurried to go in for paddy and maize sowing, the main crops of the region.
    
The farmers had sown paddy but delay in monsoon shattered their hopes.
    
The state had received 43 percent less rains in June and in case monsoons did not become active during the rest of the month, the shortfall would be more.
    
Shimla, Hamirpur and Solan districts received 8, 17 and 19 percent less rains which is marginally below normal but, the shortfall was 95 percent in Kinnaur, 88 percent in Lahaul and Spiti, 72 percent in Chamba, 53 percent in Kullu, 51 percent in Sirmaur, 48 percent in Kangra and 22 percent in Una, Director of local MeT office Manmohan Singh said.
    
Heavy to very heavy rains are likely in some areas in mid and lower hills of the state for four days from July 15 onwards and the deficit may be recovered, he added.
    
Monsoon revived in mid and lower hills and heavy rains lashed parts of Kangra, Hamirpur, Mandi, Una; and Dharamshala was wettest in the region with 136 mm rains while, Hamirpur and Bangana received 125 and 101 mm of rains respectively.
    
Guler in Kangra received 98 mm rains followed by Nadaun 95 mm, Gaggal 93 mm, Dehra Gopipur 83 mm, Bharwara 80 mm, Jogindernagar 79 mm, Mehre 72 mm, Arki 70 mm, Nagrota Suriyan 64 mm and Bhoranj and Kandaghat 54 mm each.
    
The day temperatures dropped marginally following rains and Una recorded a high of 36 degrees C while Bhunter and Sundernagar recorded a low of 34.4 degrees C and 32.8 degrees C, followed by Nahan 29.2 degrees C, Dharamshala 28.8 degrees C, Solan 28.5 degrees C, Manali 26.6 degrees C, Kalpa 25.8 degrees C and Shimla 24.2 degrees C.
    
The minimum temperatures dropped by few notches at some places and Una recorded a low of 19.8 degree against 23.2 degrees C on Sundaywhile Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded minimum temperature at 21.3 and 21.6 degrees C respectively.

(Agencies)

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