The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for heavy rainfall in the nine Himachal Pradesh districts including Shimla, Solan and Mandi.
Heavy rainfall resulted in waterlogging and traffic snarls in the city. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.1 degrees Celsius.
As recent forecasts will tell you, there has been a lot of improvement in the accuracy of weather forecasts provided by the IMD. There has been an increase in the number, class and type of observatories. Communication speed has been on a rise, too.
Scientists expressed concern that if this phenomenon continues for a few more days, many valuable herbs will reach the verge of extinction.
The emergency office control rooms in the districts have been asked to remain in readiness with field level functionaries to meet with exigency like evacuating the people.
It is very likely to move north-eastwards and weaken gradually into a Well-Marked Low-pressure area during the next 12 hours.
The mercury is likely to drop to five to six degrees Celsius by January 14, an IMD official said.
The mercury dipped to 3.3 degrees Celsius at Lodhi Road, as icy winds from snow-laden Western Himalayas barrelled through the city, the IMD said.
Widespread heavy rainfall was witnessed across Mumbai in the last 24 hours, IMD Mumbai's deputy director general K S Hosalikar tweeted on Saturday morning.