Shimla: After a few days of lull, the southwest monsoon has once again got activated in Himachal Pradesh with some areas in the state experiencing heavy rainfall, a Met official said on Monday.

"Heavy rainfall occurred at some places with no appreciable change in maximum temperatures. But the minimum temperatures fell by one to 2 degrees Celsius in the past 24 hours," an official of the meteorological office here.

According to the Met office, rains will continue in the state as easterly winds are prevailing over the western Himalayan region and are interacting with mid-latitude westerly winds over the region.

Paonta Sahib town in Sirmaur district saw the highest rainfall of 107 mm in the state, while capital Shimla experienced no rain.

But the state still has experienced 19 percent deficit rains this monsoon. The state saw 542 mm rainfall against the normal of 665 mm, Met office director Manmohan Singh said.

According to him, a variation of 19 percent, in meteorological terms, is considered normal.

He said there could be further improvement in rain deficiency as more spells of rain are in store this week. The state's largest district Kangra received the highest precipitation of 940 mm last month, 55 percent above normal.


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