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Cold front brings China rain, chill

Publication Date : 22-10-2012


The cold front sweeping North China will extend into central and eastern parts of the country, causing snowfall in the northeast regions, meteorologists said yesterday.

Due to a mass of cold air moving in, central and southern parts of North China, southeastern parts of Northeast China, southern parts of Henan province, northern and central parts of Anhui province and most parts of Jiangsu province will witness a dramatic fall in temperatures yesterday and today.

Some places can even expect the mercury to fall by as much as 10 degrees, the National Meteorological Centre said on its website.

Strong winds and falling temperatures will also spread to areas near the Yellow, Huaihe and Yangtze rivers, along with heavy rainfall in some regions, according to the centre.

Central and eastern parts of Jilin province and the southeastern part of Heilongjiang province will see heavy snow yesterday and today.

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Qinghai province, along with the Inner Mongolia and Tibet autonomous regions, will witness snowfall and sleet throughout today and tomorrow, the centre said.

Yesterday morning, Beijing was hit by light to moderate rain, which affected the capital late into the night and brought the temperature down by 8 degrees.

Winds of up to 38 kilometres per hour are expected to sweep through the city today, bringing the temperature down to 3 Celsius today, according to the meteorological centre.

"Now I truly understand the old saying, 'each autumn rain brings the chill and 10 autumn rains bring you warm clothes'," said Zhao Dixin, a white-collar worker in Beijing. "I'm almost frozen. It seems winter has come overnight."

In the eastern coastal province of Shandong, all 17 major cities saw rain yesterday. The wet weather is expected to continue until today morning. Coming with the precipitation is a cold front that will bring frost to some places, according to the provincial meteorological bureau.

Henan, a neighbouring province, also experienced light rain yesterday. Cold winds hit most of the province and cooled temperatures there.

In Shanxi province, meteorological authorities issued blue warnings on gales and cold yesterday morning, saying many places would see rains and sleet, and strong winds would continue through to today and result in a sharp drop in temperature and frost tomorrow.

Meteorological authorities in China use a four-color weather warning system, with red being the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Cold fronts also brought rain to Central China's Hunan province, sweeping away dense fog that covered the province yesterday morning. The provincial meteorological bureau forecast that more incoming cold air would arrive early today, bringing with it more rainfall. The mercury is expected to fall by 6 to 8 degrees that day.

Manufacturers and retailers of electronic heaters and down jackets have welcomed the falling temperatures, having seen a surge in sales since mid-October, when the cold front began to hit most of China.

Electronic heaters in home appliance stores in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, have been selling well. Many residents were buying heaters to warm their houses before the central heating service began on Saturday, Heilongjiang Morning News reported.

The heating is turned on in Chinese cities at different times from mid-October to mid-November.


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