Shimla: Most parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under piercing cold wave conditions as minimum temperatures dropped further and hovered around freezing point in spite of dry weather.
Thick fog engulfed the towns along the river banks in the morning as mercury stayed below four degree Celsius while it stayed six to ten degree below freezing point in high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes.
Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts recorded minimum temperatures at minus 1.7 degree and 0.2 degree while key tourist resort of Manali recorded a low of 1.6 degree.
Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded minimum temperature at 2.8 degree, four degree below normal while Solan recorded a low of 3.2 degree, followed by Chamba and Una 3.8 degree, Palampur 7.2 degree, Shimla 7.8 degree and Dharamsala 9.8 degree C.
All natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets, tributaries of major rivers and long stretch of Chandrabhaga river in high altitude tribal areas were frozen, causing sharp fall in discharge of water in snowfed Sutlej, Ravi and Beas rivers.
Himachal which received 38 per cent deficient rainfall during monsoon experienced 60 per cent less rains during the period between October 1 to November 22 as the region received 20.9 mm rains against normal rainfall of 502 mm.
The farmers who have sown the early variety of wheat are a worried lot as continued dry spell would affect the crop in rainfed areas.
There was marginal fluctuation in maximum day temperatures and Una?recorded a high of 27.2 degree, followed by Sundernagar 24.5 degree, Bhunter 23.5 degree, Solan?22.2 degree, Dharamshala?and Nahan 21.4 degree, Shimla 17.4 degree and Kalpa?14.2 degree C.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region till November 28, with no relief from cold wave.