Heatwave grips Himachal Pradesh, Shimla records unusually high temperatures

Verma predicts that the heatwave conditions are likely to persist across the state for the next four days.

Himachal Pradesh is currently experiencing a widespread heatwave, affecting most areas of the state according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD Shimla Scientist Hemraj Verma has reported that nearly all regions of Himachal Pradesh, except Chamba, Lahaul Spiti, and the North district, are currently under the grip of a heatwave.

The intensity of the heatwave was particularly evident in Shimla, the state capital, which recorded its second-highest temperature since 2014. On the previous day, Shimla registered a temperature of 31.0 degrees Celsius, a figure significantly above normal for this hill station known for its cooler climate.

Verma predicts that the heatwave conditions are likely to persist across the state for the next four days. However, he noted that higher altitude areas including Chamba, Lahaul Spiti, and Kinnaur are expected to be spared from the extreme heat.

Looking ahead, there may be some relief in sight. Verma mentioned that under the influence of an approaching Western Disturbance, scattered to isolated rainfall is anticipated from June 18th onwards. This weather system could potentially bring some respite from the current high temperatures.

The unusual heat in Himachal Pradesh, particularly in typically cooler areas like Shimla, raises concerns about climate change impacts in the Himalayan region. It also highlights the need for preparedness measures to deal with extreme weather events in areas traditionally unaccustomed to such high temperatures.

Local authorities are likely to be on alert for heat-related health issues, especially among vulnerable populations. Residents and tourists in the affected areas are advised to take necessary precautions, stay hydrated, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun during peak heat hours.

As the situation develops, meteorological departments will continue to monitor the conditions closely, providing updates on the heatwave’s duration and the potential for relief with the expected Western Disturbance.