Shimla: The people in hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh had no relief from biting cold wave conditions as minimum temperatures dropped further and hovered around freezing points at many places on Monday.
The mercury dipped to minus 4.5 degree at Keylong, minus 0.6 degree at key tourist resort of Manali and 1.0 deg at Kalpa and Bhuntar, three to four degees below normal.
Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a low of 2.0 deg while Solan and Chanba shivered with mercury staying at 3.0 degree, followed by Una 3.2 degree, Palampur 5.5 degree, Nahan and Shimla 7.0 degree and Dharamsala 8.5 degree C.
Thick fog engulfed the towns along the river banks in the morning hours hampering vehicular traffic and forcing people to stay indoors.
The high altitude tribal areas groaned under arctic conditions with mercury staying between minus seven and minus twelve degree Celsius
All natural sources of water in high altitude areas were frozen for past three weeks, resulting in sharp reduction in discharge of water affecting hydropower generation.
There was no significant change in maximum temperatures across the state.
Una was hottest during the day with a high of 27.0 deg, followed by Bhunter 23.2 deg, Sundernagar?and Solan 22.5 deg, Nahan 20.9 deg, Dharamshala 19.4 deg, Shimla 17.4 degree, Manali 16.6 deg and Kalpa 13.0 degree Celsius.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region till November 30.