Fog makes trou­ble, but clear­ing on way

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG KEJU [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

China’s top ob­ser­va­tory on Sun­day re­newed a yel­low alert for thick fog, which forced the tem­po­rary clo­sure of ex­press­ways in large ar­eas of north­ern, cen­tral and eastern China.

In the worst-af­fected ar­eas, vis­i­bil­ity was re­duced to less than 50 me­ters.

On Sun­day, thick fog af­fected Tian­jin, as well as some parts of He­bei, He­nan, An­hui, Hubei, Shan­dong and Jiangsu provinces, re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity in some ar­eas to less than 200 me­ters, the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter said on its web­site.

The cen­ter warned that drivers in af­fected re­gions should slow down, while air­ports, free­ways and ship­ping ports should take ap­pro­pri­ate safety mea­sures.

China has a four-tier, color-coded warn­ing sys­tem for se­vere weather, with red be­ing the most se­ri­ous, fol­lowed by or­ange, yel­low and blue.

With vis­i­bil­ity re­duced to less than 200 me­ters in more than 10 cities in Shan­dong, dozens of toll sta­tions on more than 40 high­ways were ei­ther closed or forced to re­strict the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on Sun­day morn­ing.

Shan­dong’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal bu­reau up­graded the alert for heavy fog from yel­low to or­ange.

Apart from road clo­sures in Tian­jin, Bin­hai In­ter­na­tional Air­port was also af­fected, with eight flights de­layed and five can­celed in the morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to na­tional weather au­thor­i­ties, plains ar­eas and re­gions along the Yel­low, Huaihe and Han­jiang rivers also ex­pe­ri­enced light to moder­ate smog on Sun­day.

Start­ing on Mon­day night, cold fronts will move slowly south­ward. The fog and smog in af­fected ar­eas is ex­pected to ease grad­u­ally when the cold front ar­rives, bring­ing bet­ter weather con­di­tions to dis­perse pol­lu­tants, the cen­ter said.

The cold air will also bring tem­per­a­ture falls of 6 C to 10 C to some parts in north­ern, cen­tral and eastern China. While North­east China will ex­pe­ri­ence daily highs of -10 C from Tues­day, the daily high tem­per­a­ture in the Bei­jing-Tian­jinHe­bei prov­ince clus­ter will dip be­low 0 C, ac­cord­ing to fore­casts.

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