China suffers worst chills in 28 years

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 8:25pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 8:38pm

China Meteorological Administration says the country’s average temperature has hit the lowest in 28 years this winter, as snow and ice throughout China have closed highways, cancelled flights and stranded travellers.

The figures released by the administration on Friday show the national average was -3.8 degrees Celsius since late November.

The average temperature in northeast China dipped to -15.3 degrees Celsius , the coldest in 43 years, and dropped to a 42-year low of -7.4 degrees Celsius in northern China.

The administration says the temperatures are dropping partly because of south-moving polar cold fronts, caused by melting polar ice from global warming. It adds the air is moist and likely to dump heavy snow in China, Europe and North America.