Shimla: The tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under piercing cold wave conditions as minimum temperature stayed below freezing point even as maximum temperatures rose marginally in lower hills on Saturday.
High altitude tribal areas had another spell of mild snowfall, intensifying cold wave in adjoining valley areas.
The minimum temperature ranged between minus six and minus 12 degree Celsius in high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes while Keylong, headquarter of Lahaul and Spiti district recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees.
However, the maximum day temperature increased by one to two degrees and Una was hottest in the region with a high of 28.4 deg, followed by Sundernagar 25.3 deg, Nahan 24.5 deg, Bhuntar and Solan 23.7 deg, Dharamshala 19.2 deg, Shimla 17.9 degree, Kalpa 13.0 deg and Manali 15.8 degree C.
All natural sources of water including lakes, springs and rivulets were frozen for past one month and continued dry spell is causing worry to farmers.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region over next six days.