Intense cold wave in HP

Himachal Pradesh remained in the grip of an intense cold wave on Sunday as the higher reaches in tribal areas had another spell of mild snowfall and strong velocity icy winds swept the mid and higher hills.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 00:18 AM IST

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh remained in the
grip of an intense cold wave on Sunday as the higher reaches in
tribal areas had another spell of mild snowfall and strong
velocity icy winds swept the mid and higher hills.

Lower hills of Solan, Sundernagar, Bhuntar and Mandi
reeled under sub-zero temperature.

The mercury dipped to minus 0.7 degree at Solan and
Bhuntar while Sundernagar and Mandi recorded a low of minus
0.4 degree C and 0.4 degree respectively, the Met office said.

The state capital Shimla recorded a minimum temperature
at 4.2 degree while Una, Palampur and Dharamsala shivered in
piercing cold with mercury sliding to 3.0, 4.0 and 4.3 degrees
respectively, two to five degree below normal.

Keylong and Kalpa in twin tribal districts of Lahaul and
Spiti and Kinnaur recorded the minimum temperature at minus
6.0 and minus 4.5 degree while the high-altitude tribal areas
were under freezing cold wave conditions. Minimum temperature
ranged between minus eight and minus 13 degrees Celsius there.

Inspite of a clear day and bright sunshine, there was no
increase in the day temperature which stayed at 14.6 degrees
in Shimla, 21.6 in Sundernagar, 17.6 in Bhuntar, 9.6 in
Kalpa, 19.6 in Dharamshala and 20.8 degrees at Solan and Una.

PTI