Biting cold persisted in most parts of Himachal Pradesh even as the state witnessed a dry and sunny day and day temperatures rose marginally. The high-altitude tribal areas groaned under biting cold wave conditions with minimum temperatures ranging between minus 13 degrees Celsius and minus 20 degrees Celsius. Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti, and Kinnaur registered a low of minus of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius and minus 3.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Bhuntar recorded a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar minus 0.9 degrees Celsius, Palampur 0.5 degrees Celsius, Solan 1 degree Celsius and Una 1.8 degrees Celsius. The mercury rose marginally to 2.4 degrees Celsius in Manali, while Dharamsala, Nahan and Shimla shivered at 4.8 degrees Celsius, 5 degrees Celsius degree and 5.5 degrees Celsius respectively. Day temperatures rose by two to three degrees and Una recorded the highest maximum temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar 22.5 degrees Celsius, Solan and Palampur 22.2 degrees Celsius each and Bhuntar 21 25.8 degrees Celsius. The local MeT office has predicted continuation of the dry spell with marginal rise in mercury till January 15.
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