Cold to con­tinue

Big chill bring­ing some of low­est lows for this time of year

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By LI LEI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

The sea­son changed from au­tumn to win­ter overnight . ... The tem­per­a­tures in the hu­mid south, though still above zero, are un­bear­able.” Xie Tianci, who works in Shang­hai

China has seen a wide­spread plunge in tem­per­a­ture as the coun­try ob­serves Ma­jor Snow — one of the 24 so­lar terms of the lu­nar cal­en­dar.

Ma­jor Snow, the 21st so­lar term, falls be­tween Dec 7 and Dec 21 this year. Dur­ing the pe­riod, the snow be­comes heavy and be­gins to ac­cu­mu­late on the ground, and the tem­per­a­ture drops sig­nif­i­cantly.

The tem­per­a­ture in Bei­jing hit its low­est this win­ter at -8 C on Fri­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to www.weather.com.cn, a news por­tal for the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The freez­ing tem­per­a­ture is cou­pled with strong winds dur­ing the day­time, mak­ing it one of the cap­i­tal’s cold­est Ma­jor Snows in al­most 70 years, ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Bei­jing me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter had is­sued a blue alert on Thurs­day for con­tin­u­ous low tem­per­a­tures, which is ex­pected to last un­til the week­end and could plunge be­low -10 C.

The mer­cury in most parts of North China’s He­bei prov­ince also plunged to -10 C on Fri­day, and there was also a big drop in tem­per­a­ture in North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince and East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince on Fri­day morn­ing, with the drop rang­ing from 6 to 10 C.

The freez­ing tem­per­a­tures are not lim­ited to the north.

The cold front has swept across most re­gions in south­ern China, bring­ing fall­ing tem­per­a­tures and strong winds on Fri­day. In some ar­eas of the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, such as Nan­ning, the tem­per­a­ture has dropped by as much as 13.4 C. Peo­ple who dressed in short-sleeve T-shirts on Thurs­day had to put on thick clothes, hats and masks on Fri­day.

Many parts in south­ern China em­braced the first snow­fall this win­ter on Fri­day, in­clud­ing the provinces of An­hui, Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu, Hu­nan and Hubei provinces in the mid­dle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

Xie Tianci, who works in Shang­hai, said it had been rain­ing for days in the city be­fore the tem­per­a­ture dropped to around freez­ing, and the sit­u­a­tion was worse with winds.

“The sea­son changed from au­tumn to win­ter overnight,” Xie said. “I’m from North­west China’s Shaanxi prov­ince, and the tem­per­a­tures in the hu­mid south, though still above zero, are un­bear­able,” he said.

The na­tional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal au­thor­ity fore­cast that the cold front will con­tinue to push down the mer­cury in the next few days, and Hainan, China’s south­ern­most prov­ince, is ex­pected to see heavy rains over the week­end.

The ob­ser­va­tory has urged the pub­lic to make nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions against the up­com­ing weather changes. It also re­newed a blue alert for the cold wave, the low­est warn­ing on the coun­try’s four-tier weather warn­ing rank­ing sys­tem.

SI WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Peo­ple brave the cold in Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince, on Fri­day — a day oddly enough dur­ing Ma­jor Snow, one of the 24 so­lar terms of the lu­nar cal­en­dar.

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