Shimla: The cold wave sweeping most parts of
Himachal Pradesh aggravated today as mercury dropped further
in mid and lower hills while higher reaches in tribal areas
had another spell of mild snowfall.
While the minimum temperature dropped marginally to 3.1
degree in Shimla, Bhuntar in Kullu district had the coldest
night with mercury dipping to minus 0.5 degree Celsius while
Sundernagar, Mandi and Solan reeled under piercing cold wave
conditions with mercury hovering around freezing point at 0.2,
1.5 and 0.8 degrees C.
Una in Shivalik foothills was the coldest in the lower
areas with a low of 3.5 degree, Palampur and Dharamsala
recorded a low of 4.3 degree and 4 degree C respectively.
Keylong and Kalpa in twin tribal districts of Lahaul and
Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperature at minus 4.3
and minus 2.5 degree while the high altitude tribal areas
groaned under biting cold wave with mercury ranging between
minus seven and minus 13 degrees C.
All natural sources of water like lakes, springs,
rivulets and tributaries of minor rivers have remained frozen
for the past two weeks, drastically reducing the discharge of
water in snowfed rivers, affecting hydropower generation.