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Old 26-Dec-2011
Feeling cold in the plains? Head to the hills!

Shimla: If the plains of northern India are shivering and dense fog is playing havoc with road, rail and air traffic, then trudge to the hills!

Ironically, north India's hill stations like Shimla, Kasauli and Dharamsala are warmer compared to the plains this winter.

"The temperatures in the hills are unusually high these days due to prevailing dry conditions. Moreover, there is no fog in the hills," Director of Shimla's Meteorological Department, Manmohan Singh said.

The fog generally accumulates when humidity level is 70 per cent or more, he said. In the plains, it is more. However, in the hills it is less than 30 per cent, so the sky there is crystal clear resulting in long, sunny days. In Shimla, the minimum temperature yesterday was 6C, 2.6 degrees above average. Similarly, in Dharamsala, the minimum was 4C.

Contrary to the hill towns, Delhi saw a minimum temperature of 2.9C, Chandigarh 2.8C Jammu 4.3C and Amritsar 0.6C below the freezing point.

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