Shimla and its surrounding areas were hit by a squall, accompanied by hailstorm and heavy rain this afternoon, causing a sharp fall in day temperature and damaging fruit and vegetable crops. The inclement weather forced people to rush indoors as the capital town recorded 78 mm rain (74 mm in just two hours). The hailstorm caused a sharp fall in the mercury and the day temperatures stayed five to six degrees below normal. Fruit and vegetable growers were on tenterhook as stormy conditions are catastrophic for apple stone fruit and vegetable crops.
Source: Hailstorm, heavy rain damage fruit, veggie crops in Himachal Pradesh, India