The unexpected rise of Mercury continues in the hill state. However, cold waves now grip up again as it was under subzero in many parts of the State.
Met Office Director Mr. Manmohan Singh said that unexpected high temperature above from the normal continues, as Shimla recorded 7 degree Celsius. Solan was low at 5 degrees today and tourist resort Dalhousie 6 degrees.
The cold waves aggravated in the high reaches as Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti was coldest at -7.6 degree, Seobagh in Kullu -2 degrees, tourist resort Manali -1 degrees and Kalpa -0.4 degrees respectively.
Bhunter in Kullu was low at 1.5 degrees, Hamirpur 2.8 degrees, Bilaspur, Palampur in Kangra district and Chamba 4 degrees each, Kangra, Mandi and Una 5 degrees each, Dharamshala 7 degrees, Nahan 10 degrees.
The Met office forecasts mainly dry weather in the State during the next 24 hours. No snowfall likely to occur on the eve of New Year in Shimla and in other tourists resort. However due to another western disturbance, the State may have rain or snowfall after Jan 3rd onward and inclement weather could last for a couple of days in the first week of next year.