While the mercury ranged between minus 5 to minus 8 degree Celsius in high altitude areas it stayed at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius and 1 degree Celsius at Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur district while the minimum temperature slided to 2 degrees Celsius at Manali, 5 degrees Celsius at Solan and 5.5 degrees Celsius at Bhuntar, 3 degrees below normal.
    
Sundernagar recorded a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius while Shimla and Palampur recorded minimum temperature at 7.5 degrees Celsius, 7.4 degrees Celsius followed by Una 9 degrees Celsius and Nahan 9.8 degrees Celsius.
    
The natural sources of water like lakes, rivulets, springs and tributaries of rivers have started freezing causing reduction in discharge of water in the snow-fed rivers and affecting hydropower generation.
    
Una was hottest in the region with maximum temperature at 27.6 degrees Celsius while Dharamsala, Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded a low of 25.4 degrees Celsius, 25.3 degrees Celsius and 25.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Solan 23.5 degrees Celsius, Nahan 21.3 degrees Celsius, Shimla 18.4 degrees Celsius and Kalpa 15.2 degrees Celsius.
    
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the northern region with no relief from cold wave over next two days.

(Agencies)

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