According to authorities, Himachal Pradesh had 104.1 mm of rain in April, which is a surplus of 63%.
In April 2021, the state had an excess of rainfall of 70%, while in April 2022, it experienced a shortage of 89% of rainfall. The state had an 86% rainfall shortfall in April 2007.
According to the local meteorological station, the pre-monsoon rain shortfall from March 1 to April 30 this year was just 2% of the usual rainfall of 64 mm.
All other districts experienced excess rainfall, with the exception of the tribal region of Lahaul and Spiti, which experienced average precipitation.
The maximum rainfall, 80.5 mm, or a 201% surplus, fell in the Bilaspur district, with Solan, Shimla, Mandi, and Sirmaur receiving 187, 161, 141, and 116% extra rain, respectively.
In April, there were 12 “wet days” with significant rainfall. On Monday, there were scattered moderate to heavy downpours over the state, and maximum daytime temperatures fell drastically and ranged from five to sixteen degrees below average.
The severely clouded sky remained in place, and the sporadic showers persisted. Shimla and Gaggal were the wettest in the state with 58 mm rains, followed by Bhoranj 28 mm, Jatton Barrage 27 mm, Mandi 26.4 mm, Sangrah 25 mm, Palampur 24 mm, Ghamroor 23 mm, Bharari 22 mm, Sunni Bhajji 20 mm, Renuka 18 mm, Chamba 17 mm, Guler and Shillaro 16 mm, Gohar 14 mm, and Jogindernagar 13 mm.
Maximum temperatures were reported at 20.7 and 21.5 degrees in Chamba and Hamirpur, respectively. Daytime highs were 7.4 degrees and 9.2 degrees at Narkanda and Kufri, respectively. Kalpa and Shimla were next with 10.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees, respectively.
On May 1 and 2, the local MeT office issued an orange warning for heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning, and hailstorms in isolated areas. From May 3 to May 5, a yellow warning was issued for the same conditions. It also forecasted rain through May 7 for the area.