The mid and lower hills of Himachal Pradesh reeled under sub-zero temperature on Wednesday as intense cold wave sweeping the region continued unabated.
The mercury hovered around the freezing point in the lower hills and barring the state capital Shimla which recorded a low of 6.4 degree, as the night temperature was below five degree, three to four degree below normal.
Una in Shivalik foothills experienced the coldest night of the season with mercury dipping to 1.8 degree while Bhuntar, Sundernagar, Solan and Mandi recorded the minimum temperature at minus 0.8, minus 0.3 zero and 0.2 degree Celsius.
Keylong and Kalpa in twin tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded a low of minus 5.1 degree and minus 2.4 degree Celsius while Palmpur and Dharamsala in Kangra district groaned under piercing cold wave conditions with mercury staying at 4.7 and 5 degree C.
The minimum temperature in Nahan dropped to 5 degree C, six degrees below normal.
The minimum temperature ranged between minus eight and minus thirteen degrees in high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes and all natural sources of water like springs, lakes and rivulets there have remained frozen for the past two weeks.
However, the maximum day temperature stayed close to normal as sun shone over large tracts of the state.
While Shimla recorded a high of 15.1 degree, Una was the hottest in the region during the day with maximum temperature at 21.6 degree C, followed by Solan 21.0, Sundernagar 20.7, Bhuntar 20.0 ,Mandi 19.4, Dharamshala 18.8 and Nahan 17.5 C.