Shimla: The lower hills of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday bore the brunt of heat wave as mercury stayed six to seven deg C above normal.
Una experienced the hottest day of the summer with mercury soaring to 45.2 deg C, six deg C above normal.
The state capital Shimla also recorded a high of 32 deg C, seven deg C above normal, forcing people indoors.
Sundernagar recorded a high of 41.7 deg C, followed by Bhuntar and Mandi 39.0 deg C, Nahan 38.9 deg C, Solan 37.2 deg C, Dharamsala 36.6 deg C and Kalpa 26.4 deg C, five to seven deg C above normal.
The minimum temperatures also stayed four to seven deg C above normal with Nahan hottest during the night with minimum temperature at 28.6 deg C, six deg C above normal.
Mandi and Dharamsala recorded a low of 25.3 and 25 deg C, five deg C above normal.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather during next 48 hours with minor fluctuations in mercury.