No respite from cold wave in Himachal Pradesh
The intense cold wave that has gripped Himachal Pradesh for the past three weeks showed no signs of relenting with several areas reeling under sub-zero temperature and strong winds swept the region.
The town of Bhuntar experienced a minimum of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius followed by Sundernagar at 0.3 degrees Celsius and Solan at 0.6 degrees Celsius.
Mandi and Una recorded a low of 2.0 degrees Celsius.
State capital Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 3.7 degrees. Dharamsala was cold at 2.3 degrees Celsius and Palampur registered a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius.
Nahan was warmest during the night with minimum temperature of 5.9 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal.
Biting cold wave conditions persisted in Lahaul and Spiti where the temperature was minus 15.7 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal, while Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
However, there was marginal rise in the day temperatures with Shimla recording a high of 12.9 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, while Dharamsala and Palampur recorded maximum temperatures of 17.2 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.
Sundernagar was warm at 20.7 degrees Celsius and Bhuntar registered a high of 18.4 degrees Celsius, three degree above normal.
Thick fog engulfed the towns of Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur, Rampur and Chamba and vehicular movement was hampered due to ground frost covering mid and higher hills.
The weather office has predicted isolated rains or snowfall at some places in mid and higher hills and tribal areas over the next two days.