Cold wave persists in Himachal; day temperatures rise

Shimla: Intense cold wave gripped mid and higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh even as the day temperature rose marginally in the lower regions.

Keylong and Kalpa in tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded a low of minus 13.7 degree and minus 5 degree C, a fall of three degrees, while the maximum day temperature rose to 8 degree C in Kalpa, three degrees above normal.

The state capital Shimla recorded a low of 3.2 degree while Bhuntar, Sundenagar, Solan, Mandi, Dharamsala and Una recorded minimum temperatures at 1.5 degree, 2.0 degree, 2.1 degree, 3.0 degree, 4.0 degree and 4.6 degree respectively, which were close to normal.

However, the day temperatures remained two to five degrees above normal, with Una recording the highest day temperature at 22.8 degree, followed by Sundernagar 20.6, Bhuntar 20.0, Solan 19.5 degree, Mandi 18.8, Palampur 18.0 degree and state capital Shimla 13.0 degree.

The sky remained partially overcast in Shimla and adjoining areas causing marginal fall in day temperature but the weather remained mainly dry.

The high altitude tribal areas had no respite from biting cold wave as minimum temperatures stayed between minus 17 and minus 24 degree C.