Sunny days forecast for the north

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2006, 12:00am

A cold front that whipped up sandstorms and sent temperatures plummeting across northern China at the weekend weakened yesterday, prompting weather forecasters to predict clear and sunny skies for the region over the next three days.

Zong Zhiping , a senior forecaster with the China Meteorological Administration, yesterday said sandstorms in Inner Mongolia had stopped and temperatures would 'quickly' increase 6 to 8 degrees Celsius.

In Beijing, temperatures are expected to rise 7 degrees in the coming three days from the low of minus 5 on Sunday.

'The cold air has lost its influence over the northern part of China. The weather will be fine and temperatures will rise quickly throughout the whole region, except in the southern part of Xinjiang ,' Mr Zong said.

Li Xinrong , a senior forecaster in Kashgar , said a rust-coloured sandstorm had shrouded southern Xinjiang since Saturday and the area would remain in the sandstorm's grip until tomorrow.

'We have raised the sandstorm alert to red, the highest alert, and will cancel it on Wednesday,' she said.

Ms Li said visibility had dropped to below 50 metres on Sunday but would improve tomorrow.