Northern China wraps up for cold snap as nation goes back to work

Snow blankets Xinjiang’s fringes while Taiwan battles record-breaking heat

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 October, 2017, 8:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 October, 2017, 12:41pm

Temperatures are forecast to plummet across northern China with the arrival of a cold front on Monday, the first day back at work after the National Day “Golden Week” holiday.

The mercury in the northern provinces – from Harbin in Heilongjiang in the east to Xinjiang in the far west – would drop by up to 10 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Centre said on Sunday.

Some areas in Ningxia and Inner Mongolia would have a drop in temperature of more than 12 degrees, it said.

Strong winds are also expected across the north.

The cold front has already brought the first autumn snow to Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, and other parts of the western frontier.

Hami prefecture on the region’s eastern edge – an area famed for its melons – was covered in a mantle of snow over the weekend.

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Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, might also have its first snowfall of the season on Monday. The last time snow fell so early in the autumn was more than six decades ago.

After sweeping across northern China, the cold front is expected to head south later in the week.

Some southern provinces will see a dramatic drop in temperature from Tuesday.

In the southeast part of Hunan province, which recorded a maximum of 36 degrees on Saturday, temperatures will drop by 19 degrees by Thursday.

In neighbouring Guizhou province, the fall is forecast to be up to 14 degrees by the latter part of the week.

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Meanwhile, in central Taiwan, Taichung registered a record-breaking 38.3 degrees on Sunday, the Central News Agency reported.

This was city’s the highest October temperature since its records began in 1896, according to the report.

It was also the highest maximum in Taiwan so far this month and the third-highest October temperature in Taiwan’s history, CNA reported.