Cold wave intensifies in Himachal

Cold wave intensifies in Himachal
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Shimla: Cold wave conditions intensified in Himachal Pradesh as the maximum temperatures decreased by 2-3 notches in most parts on Thursday, the meteorological department said.

The highest temperature in the state was recorded in Una at 23.8 degrees Celsius as compared to 25 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, Shimla Met Centre Director Manmohan Singh said.

Weather remained dry at most places in the state, he added.

The lowest temperature in the state was recorded in Keylong at minus 0.7 degrees Celsius, Singh said.

The minimum temperature in Kinnaur's Kalpa was 1.7 degrees Celsius, he said.

In Manali, Kufri, Dalhousie and Shimla, the minimum temperatures were 2.6, 5, 7 and 7.7 degrees Celsius respectively, Singh said.

The MeT department had predicted heavy rain and snowfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning in eight out of the 12 districts of the state on Friday.

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain and snowfall in the eight districts -- Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti -- was issued on Wednesday.

The department issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather, with 'yellow' indicating least danger.