Shimla: The biting cold wave conditions further aggravated in mid and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday as the state was swept by strong velocity icy winds and several areas, including Shimla and surrounding tourist resorts of Kufri and Narkanda were lashed by sleet.
The maximum day temperature dropped to 5.2 degree in
Shimla while the minimum day temperature sunk to 1 degree C.
The capital town recorded 1.5 cm of snow with minimum
temperature at 0.2 degree while Manali and Solan recorded a
low of minus 2.8 degree and minus 0.5 degree. The twin towns
of Palampur and Dharamsala reeled under piercing cold wave
conditions with mercury staying at 2.5 degree and 3.5 degree
Keylong and Kalpa in tribal districts of Lahaul and
Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperature at minus 11.2
dgree and minus 6.7 degree while the high altitude tribal
areas groaned under shivering cold conditions with minimum
temperatures ranging between minus 16 and minus 28 degree C.
The Chandrabhaga River, a tributary of Spiti was blocked
due to an avalanche in Lahaul and Spiti district but there was
no cause for alarm as the discharge of water was very low due
to freezing of the river.
Local MeT office has predicted more rains, snow or
thunderstorm at isolated places in mid and higher hills during
next four days.