Mercury dips to 2 degrees in Shimla; Keylong sees 10 cm fresh snow


Mercury dips in HP

High reaches of Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall and light rain lashed few parts of State as mercury dips to 2 degrees in Shimla, however it was mainly dry in the day today. Met office recorded 10 cm fresh snowfall at Keylong, headquarter of Lahaul Spiti district similarly Bharmaur in Chamba had 6 cm snowfall, Kalpa in Kinnaur and Udaipur in Lahaul Spiti five mm each.

Naina Devi of Bilaspur got 16 mm rain, Sarkaghat & Baldwara of Mandi 10 mm each, Baijnath, Dharamshala of Kangra & Jogindernagar of Mandi 7 mm each. Chamba and Saloni were low at four mm each. Rest of the State was mainly dry but the coldwaves increased in the night and wee hours as minimum temperature plummets by four to five degrees.

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Shimla was recorded lowest of this season as mercury dips to 2 degrees and 3.4 degrees below normal, Keylong was coldest in the state at minus 6.3 degrees and Kalpa mercury dips to minus three degrees and 1.6 degrees below normal. Tourist resort Manali and Dalhousie were at zero degrees each, at Solan mercury dips to 4.5 degrees, Chamba 4.9 degrees, Palampur in Kangra 5.2 degrees, Bhuntar in Kullu 5.4 degrees, Dharamshala and Mandi 5.6 degrees each, Sunderngar in Mandi 6.3 degrees.

The minimum temperature of Nahan in Sirmaur was 7.5 degrees, Kangra 7.7 degrees, Bilaspur 7.8 degrees, Hamirpur 8.1 degrees and Una 8.3 degrees respectively. The maximum temperature increased by a couple of degrees and Kalpa was high at 4.6 degrees, Buntar 14.2 degrees, Shimla and Dharamshala 15.2 degrees each, Kangra 15.3 degrees, Sunderngar 15.5 degrees, Solan 18.6 degrees and Nahan 19.2 degrees respectively. The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in the State during next 24 hours.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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