Orange alert as China hit by recordcold weather

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  • Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

BEIJING: Much of China shivered as a teeth-chattering cold snap broke decades-old records and snow fell in some parts for the first time in years, cancelling flights and forcing many indoors.

An orange alert was issued across the country as forecasts predicted eye-watering lows of -41°C in some parts, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.

Orange is the second most severe cold weather warning on China’s four-tier scale, and forecasters said 30-year records were on course to be shattered in several parts of the country over the weekend, with two-thirds of the country facing temperatures below -12°C.

The north braced for the worst, with the temperatures predicted to plummet to -41°C in Genhe in Inner Mongolia.

Neighbouring Mohe in Heilongjiang province didn’t fare much better with the mercury expected to dip to -39°C.

The NMC said temperatures would not peak above the freezing mark in most parts of the country, with the exception of a few spots in the south, and state-run CCTV television urged people to stay inside to avoid the frigid weather. — AFP

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