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Himachal: temperature dips below -20° C

india Updated: Jan 22, 2013 21:18 IST
cold wave conditions in himachal pradesh

The biting cold wave conditions remained unabated in Himachal Pradesh as temperature in some parts of the state dipped below minus 20 degree Celsius.

The high altitude tribal areas, covered under 150 to 180 cm thick blanked of snow, shivered under arctic conditions with minimum temperatures staying between minus 18 and minus 28 deg C, paralysing normal life.

Tribal areas reeled under bone chilling cold with Keylong recording a low of minus 17 deg C.

The vehicular traffic remained disrupted in upper areas of Shimla, Kullu, Chamba and Sirmaur districts. Several areas, including Jubbal, Kotkhai, Rohroo, Kinnaur, Narkanda, Dodra-Kwar, Lahaul, Spiti, Pin and Hangrang tribal valleys, Solang nallah and Sarahan remained cut off from rest of the state.

Slippery road conditions in Shimla and other places made walking perilous for pedestrians and at least two dozen persons sustained fractured and other injuries.

Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded minimum temperature at minus 9.2 deg, while Manali shivered under unusual cold conditions with mercury dipping to minus 6 deg, followed by Bhuntar minus 1 deg, Solan and Sundernagar minus 0.7 deg, Shimla 1.6 deg Palampur 2.7 deg, Una 3 deg and Nahan and Dharmasala 4.5 deg, 3 deg below normal.

Maximum day temperatures rose marginally as bright sun shone over the region and Una was hottest in the region with a maximum of 23 deg while Sundernagar recorded a high of 20 deg, folflowed by Dharamsala 18.4 deg, Solan 18 deg, Bhuntar 17.8 deg, Nahan 15.8 deg and Shimla 13 deg C.

The MeT office in Shimla has predicted dry weather in the state during the next 48 hours inspite of a fresh feeble Western Disturbance (WD) as an upper air system likely to affect the western Himalayan region from Wednesday onwards.