The mid and lower hills in the state saw a significant change in weather with mercury soaring to 31 degrees at Una, 4.5 degrees above normal, even as the tribal areas and other higher hills had little respite from biting cold wave conditions.
The tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under sub-zero temperatures even as cold wave abated in mid and lower hills of the state due to dry weather during the past two days.
There was some relief from intense cold for the residents of Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir on Sunday as the minimum temperatures rose to stay above the freezing point - a day before there are chances of widespread rainfall and snow.
The residents in Leh town of the frontier Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir experienced huge relief from the intense cold wave as the minimum temperatures rose by ten degrees there even as the mercury continued to hover around the freezing point elsewhere in the division.
With mercury rising above normal in plains in Rajasthan, Mount Abu in the hills was the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of 6.2 degrees Celsius last night, a MeT report said on Sunday.
Most parts of north India on Friday witnessed cold conditions with mercury in Kargil town of Jammu and Kashmir plunging 21 degrees below freezing point to register the coldest night of the season in the state even as Delhiites experienced a sunny day after early morning chill.
The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, dropped as cold wave tightened its grip with the mercury in Kargil plunging 21 degrees below the freezing point to register the coldest night of the season.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar on Wednesday directed all ranks of state police to extend their help to civil administration and people facing hardships in the snow-bound areas.