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Temperatures in China’s northernmost city plummeted to minus 53C (minus 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit) – the coldest on record, weather forecasters said.
Located in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, Mohe is close to Russian Siberia. It is widely known as “China’s North Pole” and one of the few places in the country with a subarctic climate.
The temperature at 7 a.m. on January 22, also the first day of the lunar new year, was recorded as minus 53 degrees Celsius, according to the Heilongjiang Meteorological Bureau. It surpassed its previous record of minus 52.3C set in 1969, officials said.
China’s meteorological agency has forecast large temperature drops in parts of the country and issued a blue cold spell on Monday.
In neighboring Russia, Yakutsk, which has a reputation for being the world’s coldest city, temperatures plummeted to minus 62.7C (minus 80.9 degrees Fahrenheit) — the coldest in more than two decades.
Winters in Mohe are long, starting in early October and often lasting until May. Average temperatures have been known to fall below freezing during this period, experts said.
In 2018, the rare “ice fog” — a weather phenomenon that only occurs in extremely cold climates when water droplets remain in liquid form in the air — gripped local residents, prompting local authorities to issue the city’s first red cold-weather alert.
No warnings have yet been issued in Mohe, but local forecasters say the cold snap would continue into this week. Ice fog is also to be expected, it said.
The city’s constant cold year-round attracts tourists who flock to the ice attractions. In 2011, more than 10,000 tourists flocked to the city to see the Northern Lights during the annual Northern Lights Festival.
A highway linking the remote city to the capital Beijing opened to much fanfare in December 2019.
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Climate change has exacerbated the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.
Just a few months ago, China experienced its worst heatwave since 1961 – leading to massive power outages and even droughts in rivers. The extreme heat lasted 70 days and the effects were felt far and wide across much of the country.
In the southwestern province of Sichuan, home to 80 million people, power is shutting down factories and plunging homes and offices into rolling blackouts — also killing thousands of poultry and fish on farms.