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Himalayas shivering as mercury falls below zero

The ongoing severe cold wave is hitting the Himalayan region unseen before with many of Indian and Nepal towns gripping under shivers on Sunday.

In Nepal, extreme cold weather is sweeiping the region due to disturbance in weather though the minimum temperature of Kathmandu was recorded at 6.3 Degree Celsius on Sunday.

According to Meteorological Forecasting Division, the extremely cold weather could be due to covered skies during the daytime as night times anyway see unprecedented fall in temperature.

The neighbouring major city Shimla in India witnessed a biting 1.3 degrees Celsius despite the season registering long sunny conditions. Shimla is expected to see many more coldest nights, expect the meteorological experts.

“The night temperature remained sub-zero in most of the towns in the state,” said a local weather official.

Nearby towns of Kalpa and Manali have registered minus 5 degree Celsius while it was 0.8 degree in Dalhousie, 0.7 degree in Chamba, 5.2 degrees in Dharamsala and 1.5 degrees Celsius in Palampur.

Met officials said the entire hill areas of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Chamba districts will undergo extreme cold weather this time of the season while some points may even go up to minus 15 degree Celsius.

As of now, Keylong town in Lahaul-Spiti district recorded the lowest at minus 12.6 degree Celsius.

The forecast for the region in Nepal, according to the Forecast Outlook for the Winter Season (December 2017 – February 2018), precipitation and temperatures over South Asia will be below normal. Precipitation is likely during winter season over some areas of northeastern part of India and Nepal.

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