Cloudy sky engulfed entire Himachal Pradesh in darkness as thick clouds, hazy weather followed by rain and thundershowers reduced the visibility to great extent here on Tuesday.
The Met office has forecast widespread rainfall in the most parts of state for today and tomorrow attributing that westerly winds were interacting with south easterlies in the region.
'There is an interaction between mid tropospheric westerly trough with south easterlies over Western Himalayan region', regional Meteorolgical Department in charge Manmohan Singh said, adding that owing to these synoptic features the state would have widespread rainfall.
Shimla, tourist resort Manali, Kufri, Dharamshala and Dalhousie experienced Rainfall this morning. It was overcast in the day and thick clouds engulfed the entire state in the darkness. People, especially, vendors rushed to safer places as rain or thunderstorm lashed the state.
During last 24 hours, Jogindernagar in Mandi had highest 89 mm rain followed by Dharamshsla 68 mm, Sunni Bhajji in Shimla 40 mm, Pandoh in Mandi 32 mm, Kufri in Shimla 12 mm, Sundernagar & Mandi 11 mm each,Airporut Jubbarhatti and Rampur in Shimla 7 mm each, Manali & Seobagh in Kullu 6 mm each.
The present weather conditions would remain unchanged for next week in the state which would likely to bring down heat wave in the plain with fading away summer season.
The maximum temperature is likely to decline today though it was marginally higher than yesterday. Una was the hottest place with the temperature recording at 40 degrees Celsius. This capital town recorded mercury at 26 degrees yesterday.