Hol­i­day­may bring mild con­di­tions to some parts North­ern re­gions might see fog last­ing from Jan 31 un­til Feb 5

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Peo­ple in most parts ofChina will ex­pe­ri­ence mild weather con­di­tions over the week­long Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day, but some north­ern re­gions may en­counter heavy fog be­gin­ning onTues­day, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal author­ity said onWed­nes­day.

Cen­tral and south­ern re­gions may ex­pe­ri­ence warmer weather over the hol­i­day, start­ing on Fri­day, Lu­nar New Year’s Eve, with only a few ar­eas fore­cast to ex­pe­ri­ence light rain­fall, ac­cord­ing to Ma Xuekuan, chief fore­caster at theNa­tion­alMe­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

North­ern re­gions are fore­cast to see tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions due to two short cold fronts ex­pected to hit the re­gion be­fore and af­ter the Spring Fes­ti­val, which falls on Satur­day, Ma said.

Some north­ern re­gions, in par­tic­u­lar the prov­inces of He­bei, He­nan, Shanxi and Shaanxi, may ex­pe­ri­ence fog due to a lack of wind from Tues­day to Feb 5.

The fog is ex­pected to peak on Feb 1 and 2, the last two days of the week­long hol­i­day, and vis­i­bil­ity in cer­tain ar­eas may be re­duced to about 200 me­ters, Ma said.

He added that it is likely to cause traf­fic con­ges­tion as many ex­press­ways will be closed.

“Be­gin­ning on Tues­day, a lack of wind will re­sult in air­borne pol­lu­tants lin­ger­ing in north­ern re­gions,” Ma said.

Wind­less weather has been blamed as a rea­son for se­vere smog by au­thor­i­ties, while the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­quested its branches stop re­leas­ing smog fore­casts.

“The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­i­ties are work­ing to­gether on smog fore­casts to build uni­fied stan­dards and a chan­nel for re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion to avoid con­flict­ing fore­casts be­ing is­sued by the re­spec­tive de­part­ments,” said Zhou Bing, chief en­gi­neer at the Na­tional Cli­mate Cen­ter.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion’s Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing Cen­ter has said that some re­gions of He­bei, Shanxi and He­nan prov­inces will ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere air pol­lu­tion on Satur­day, which may ease on Sun­day.

How­ever, no de­tailed fore­casts on smog for the week­long hol­i­day are avail­able.

In Bei­jing, air pol­lu­tion will reach a se­vere level on Satur­day be­fore eas­ing on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bureau.

LIN SHANCHUAN / XIN­HUA

A Bud­dha head from the Mathura Mu­seum of Ut­tar Pradesh state in In­dia is dis­played at the Fu­jian Mu­seum in Fuzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day. The dis­play is part of an ex­hi­bi­tion on sculp­tures from In­dia and China be­tween the fourth and sev­enth cen­turies, jointly held by the Palace Mu­seum, the Na­tional Mu­seum, New Delhi and the Fu­jian Mu­seum.

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