Shimla: Intense cold wave conditions continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh even as weather remained dry and there was no significant change in night temperatures.
The local MeT office has forecast a dry weather in the region over next two days and light rains or thunderstorm or snow at isolated places from January 3 next due to a?fresh Western Disturbance (WD) as an upper air system affecting the western Himalayan region.
The high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes reeled under arctic like conditions with mercury remaining 10 to 20 degree below freezing point. Keylong recorded the lowest temperature in the state at minus 5.8 degrees C, followed by Kalpa and Manali at minus 2 deg C.
The mid hill shivered under biting cold wave conditions with Sundernagar recording a minimum at 1.2 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar 1.7 deg C, Una 1.8 deg C, Shimla and Nahan 4 deg C and Dharamsal 5.4 deg C.
Thick ground frost occurred at many places in higher hill while fog engulfed the towns along the river banks in the morning, reducing visibility to few meters and hampering vehicular traffic.
All natural sources of water are frozen in high altitude areas and other higher hills for past seven weeks, drastically reducing the discharge of water in snowfed rivers, affecting hydropower generation.
There was no significant change in maximum temperatures in various cities of the state. Una recorded a high of 22.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar 18.1 deg C, Bhunter 17.2 deg C, Solan 16.5 deg C, Nahan 16.2 deg C, Shimla 13 deg C, Manali 10 deg C and Kalpa?9.4 degrees Celsius.