- CNTV English - CCTV News

Cold snap drops Beijing's temperature to 10-year low

12-15-2010 21:11 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Beijing's temperature slumped to below minus 10 degrees Celsius Wednesday morning, the lowest in a decade reported at the same period of the year, amid a cold snap hitting half of China.

An observatory in the southern suburbs of Beijing indicated the temperature was minus 10.9 degrees Celsius at 5 a.m., a record low in 10 years, the city's weather bureau said in a press release.

Meanwhile, the temperature in the mountainous Yanqing District on the city's northern outskirts was minus 16.1 degrees Celsius.

A stinging wind, typical to Beijing in the winter, made the freezing weather even more bitter for early risers.

"It was so cold my face went numb," said Lu Min, an accountant with a foreign-invested company in downtown Beijing.

The cold wave forced Lu to give up her usual 40-minute morning walk to her office. "But waiting 20 minutes for a bus almost froze me, and the bus was so crowded and moved so slowly."

The freezing weather made Beijing's traffic congestion even worse, as many hikers and cyclists turned to cars, taxis and buses to get to work.

Some private car owners risked fines as they continued to drive even though they were supposed to be off the road Wednesday, according to Beijing's three-year-old traffic management rules aimed at easing congestion on week days.

Government employee Wu Rong said she hesitated a while before starting the engine. "But it was freezing and there was no taxis in sight. I feared my son would be late for school or catch a cold."

If caught by a policeman or a surveillance camera, she would be fined 100 yuan. "It's worth the risk after all. If the child falls sick, his medical bills would be far higher."

Until midday Wednesday, the mercury still lingered at minus 7 degrees Celsius in the city proper.

He said the weather would start to improve Thursday, when the high temperature was expected to reach zero again.

He warned citizens to keep warm and increase indoor humidity, as Beijing has had no rain or snow for more than six weeks. Children and elderly people were susceptible to respiratory diseases in such weather conditions, he said.

Many other parts of China were also suffering from the cold wave that hit Tuesday. Meteorological authorities forecast temperatures in some cities would further drop by as much as 10 degrees in the coming 24 hours, accompanied by gales.

More than 10 provinces were hit by snow, including the eastern Shandong, Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, the northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, the central Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as Henan Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program