Beijing records coldest morning since 1966, China

Beijing records coldest morning since 1966, China

The mercury pummeled to -19.6 °C (-3.3 °F) in China's capital Beijing on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021, marking the city's coldest morning since 1966, when the mercury dipped to -27.4 °C (-17.3 °F).

Early Thursday morning, half of Beijing's 20 national-level meteorological stations recorded their lowest-ever January temperatures, according to Lei Lei, the chief forecaster of the Beijing municipal meteorological station.

Temperatures of -19.6 °C (-3.3 °F) smashed the previous cold weather record set in 1969 and also marked the lowest since 1966 when the mercury fell to -27.4 °C (-17.3 °F).

The cold weather conditions occurred when the atmosphere over the city was extremely dry-- there was no snow and little ice.

Local reports said the last time temperatures dropped to this level, the founder of communist China Chairman Mao was at the helm, and about to venture on the 10-year Cultural Revolution.

While Beijing commonly faces dry winters due to sharp currents from the northeast, climate change campaigners warn that the number of extreme weather events may become more deadly.

The city has been gripped by a cold wave since Wednesday, January 6, which has brought drastic temperature drops and powerful winds.

Featured image credit: Meili Jayuan

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