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Most of China hit by cold snap

12-15-2010 13:47 BJT

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Most of China is shivering through a cold spell as the nation's meteorological authorities forecast temperatures will drop by as much as 10 degrees over the next 24 hours.

The National Meteorological Center says Beijing is enduring its lowest temperature in mid December for a decade with the mercury falling to minus 10.8 degrees Celsius. The temperature may hit a record low Wednesday, as the cold weather arrives half a month earlier than normal.

The effects of the cold air have spread south reaching parts of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces which have seen heavy rainfall since Monday. Snow has hit Shandong, Anhui, and Jiangsu provinces in the east.

In northeastern Liaoning Province, the temperature fell by 6-10 degrees on Tuesday, compared to the day before.

Most of China is shivering through a cold spell as the nation's meteorological
authorities forecast temperatures will drop by as much as 10 degrees over the next
24 hours.


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