Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday with Keylong recording minus 10.3 degrees Celsius as the mercury dipped by a few notches in spite of a clear and sunny day in the state.
According to the MeT office, the high altitude tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions with the temperature staying between minus 15 and minus 22 degrees C, while Keylong shivered at minus 10.3 degrees C, and Manali recorded minimum temperatures of minus 3.8 degrees C, followed by Kalpa and Una at minus 1.8 degrees C.
Una, in the Shiwalik foothills, experienced the coldest night with the mercury dipping to minus 1.8 degrees C, while Bhuntar and Sundernagar were at minus 0.6 degrees C, Solan 0.5 degrees C, Nahan 2.1 degrees C, Shimla 3 degrees C and Dharamshala 4.4 degrees C.
There was thick ground frost in the mid and higher hills while the towns along the river banks remained engulfed in thick fog in the morning hours, reducing visibility and hampering vehicular traffic.
Water pipes froze and burst at many places in higher hills, disrupting water supply while unannounced power cuts added to the misery of the people.
All natural sources of water including lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major rivers were frozen in high altitude areas, affecting hydropower generation.
The day temperatures rose marginally and Sundernagar was the warmest in the region with maximum temperature at 19.7 degrees C, while Solan and Bhuntar recorded a high of 17.8 degrees C and 16.3 degrees C, followed by Nahan at 15.5 degrees C, Shimla 14.2 degrees C, Dharamshala 14 degrees C, Una 13.8 degrees C, Manali 10 degrees C and Kalpa 8.8 degrees C.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region till January 2 next month.