Beijing Faces Its Coldest December in Over 70 Years: 300 Hours Sub-freezing Temperatures
Beijing Faces Record-Breaking Cold Snap
300 Hours Below Freezing: A 72-Year Record
Beijing, the capital of China, has recorded its longest cold wave in 72 years, with temperatures remaining below freezing for over 300 hours.
According to the Beijing weather station on the 25th, the temperature in Beijing dropped below freezing at midnight on the 11th and recovered above freezing around 2:50 p.m. on the 24th.
This unbroken span of freezing temperatures amounted to more than 300 hours, a record for the longest cold wave since meteorological observations commenced in 1951.
During this period, there were nine days when the lowest temperature dropped below -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).
The China Meteorological Administration officially announced, “The prolonged period of severe winds, heavy snowfall, and cold conditions that have afflicted Beijing for nearly two weeks has finally come to an end.”
The extreme cold wave prompted authorities to order the closure of schools in Beijing. Additionally, on the 14th, heavy snow caused a subway collision, transporting over 500 passengers to the hospital.
By. Moon Jeong Kang