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90% of China suffers extremely cold conditions

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An intense spell of cold weather wrapped north and east China over the last week. Temperatures have dropped to the lowest point in the last 30 years, according to media reports.

Extremely cold and frosty conditions have hit 90% of China. In Harbin, the northern provincial capital in China, -30 °C (-22°F) have been measured while below freezing temperatures caused a fishing boat in Qinhuangdao in Hebei Province to get stuck in frozen water.

-47.5 °C (-53.5 °F) was reported on January 19, 2016 in Erguna city in north China's Inner Mongolia. Recorded temperature set a new record in the country.

In Yantai City, in the province of Shandong, giant icicles have been reported at a port and stairs in the city have been entirely wrapped in snow and ice.

Freezing weather has caused traffic disruptions across the affected areas, and numerous schools cancelled classes.

According to the National Meteorological Center, most of the country will see temperatures dropping down for about 10 °C (50 °F) over the next four days.

Video credit: People's Daily

A cold air mass, currently traveling south is set to bring heavy snowfall across the regions along the Yangtze River by January 23. Up to 30 mm (1.2 inches) of snow is expected in some areas.

Featured image credit: People's Daily

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