China gets the chills as cold snap sweeps across the country

Several regions record their lowest temperatures of the year, but things should be back to normal on Monday, forecasters say

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 December, 2017, 1:06pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 December, 2017, 5:12pm

Large parts of mainland China recorded their lowest temperatures of the year over the weekend as a cold front swept across the country, according to local media reports.

In southwestern Sichuan province, and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the mercury fell below zero degrees Celsius on Sunday morning, news portal reported.

In the eastern China metropolis of Shanghai a low of minus 2 degrees was recorded, it said.

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Across the country – from Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning in the northeast to Guangdong in the south – the winter snap saw temperatures fall by up to 12 degrees.

Padded coats were in abundance as people tried to keep warm outdoors and hotpot restaurants were doing a roaring trade, Labour News reported.

Lu Mountain in eastern Jiangxi province, Yellow Mountain in southeastern Anhui, and Jinzi Mountain in Guangdong all saw their first snow of the season on Saturday, the report said.

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The meteorological authority said on Sunday that temperatures in northern China and across the Yangtze River Delta would return to seasonal norms on Monday, but that the cold snap would continue in northeastern and northern regions.