Shimla: Cold wave conditions persisted in tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh as mercury dropped below normal in the state.
The minimum temperatures dropped across the state by two to three degrees even as the region had a clear day.
The mercury dipped three to five degree below freezing point in high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes while Kalpa and keylong recorded a low of 4.6 degree, followed by Manali?5. 2 degree.
The minimum temperature dropped to 8.9 degree at Solan, 9.0 degree at Bhuntar, 10.1 degree at Sundernagar and 12.9 degree at Shimla, three to four degree below normal.
Una and Nahan recorded a low of 13.7 and 13.9 degree respectively while Dharamsala was at 14.2 degree and Palampur 15.4 degree.
The day was present and maximum temperatures stayed close to normal.
Sundernagar 31.3 degree, Bhunter 30.1 degree, while Una recorded a high of 31.0 degree, followed by Nahan 29.2 degree, Solan 27. 5 degree, Dharamshala 25.4 degree, Shimla 23.0 deg, Manali 22.0 deg and Kalpa 21.0 degree Celsius.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region over next five days with no significant change in mercury.