Mohe: The northernmost city in China has the coldest day on record


Meteorologists said temperatures in far north China fell to minus 53 degrees Celsius (minus 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit) – the coldest on record.

Located in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang and located near Russian Siberia, it is widely known as the “Arctic of China” and is one of the few places in the country that has a subarctic climate.

The temperature at 7 a.m. on January 22, also the first day of the Lunar New Year, was recorded at minus 53 degrees Celsius, according to the Heilongjiang Meteorological Bureau. Officials said it broke the previous record of 52.3 degrees Celsius set in 1969.

The China Meteorological Administration predicted significant temperature drops in parts of the country and issued a blue cold snap on Monday.

In neighboring Russia, Yakutsk, which holds the distinction of being the coldest city in the world, saw temperatures drop to -62.7 degrees Celsius (-80.9 degrees Fahrenheit) – the coldest in more than two decades.

Winter in Mohi is long and begins in early October, often lasting into May. Experts said average temperatures during this period are known to drop below freezing.

In 2018, “ice fog” is rare – an atmospheric phenomenon It only occurs in very cold climates when water droplets remain in the air in liquid formIt captured the population, prompting local authorities to issue the city’s first-ever red warning for cold weather.

No warnings have been issued in Mohi yet, but local meteorologists say the cold snap will continue this week. They said that an icy haze is also expected.

The city’s constant cold attracts tourists all year round, who flock to its ice-themed attractions. In 2011, more than 10,000 tourists flocked to the city to witness the Northern Lights during the annual Northern Lights Festival.

An expressway connecting the remote city to the capital, Beijing, opened in December 2019 to great fanfare.

Climate change has exacerbated the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Just months ago, China experienced its worst heat wave since 1961 – leading to massive power outages and even rivers dropping to drought levels. The intense heat lasted for more than 70 days and the impact was widely felt across large swathes of the country.

In the southwestern province of Sichuan, home to 80 million people, blackouts have shut down factories and plunged homes and offices into blackouts – and killed thousands of poultry and fish on farms.

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