Mercury up but snow in store in Himachal

February 19th, 2012 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh Sunday saw a further rise in temperatures due to the prevailing dry conditions. The met office here has forecast chances of rain and snowfall in the next two days to Tuesday evening.

“There are chances of rainfall and snowfall in the state Feb 20 and 21. Heavy snow and rain is likely to occur at isolated places,” a weather official told IANS.

He said western disturbances - storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region into northern India - would again be active in the region.

The maximum temperature increased by two to three degrees and the minimum increased by one to two degrees since Saturday, the weatherman added.

Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest in the state recording a minimum temperature of 7.1 degrees Celsius below the freezing point. It saw a mild snow of 3 cm.

Shimla recorded the night temperature at 5.6 degrees, a rise from Saturday’s 4.8 degrees.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees, while it was minus 1.4 degrees in Manali and 4.7 degrees in Dharamsala.

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