With heat wave sweeping the region, the temperature in Himachal Pradesh was recorded three to five degrees Celsius above normal, the meteorological department said on Thursday.
The maximum temperature in state capital Shimla was 28.5 degrees Celsius, while Una recorded a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius - the highest of the season so far.
The Shimla meteorological centre said Sundernagar recorded a maximum of 37.8 degrees Celsius, while Bhuntar near Kullu witnessed 34.5. Dharamsala saw a maximum of 32.6 degrees Celsius, Nahan 36.4, Solan 34.5, Kangra 37.9 and Kalpa 22.6 degrees Celsius.
The weatherman has, however, predicted rain and thunderstorms in the next few days. Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said a fresh western disturbance (WD) as an upper air system would affect the western Himalayan region May 31 onwards.
"Rain and thunderstorm is expected in higher and mid hills in next two days, while more rain is likely in lower hills next week," he said.
However, Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti was the cooler than the rest with a minimum temperature of 4.3 degrees Celsius.