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Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 19:46 IST

Shivers in Shanghai: China's financial hub faces chilliest December in 40 years

As China struggles to recover from a devastating earthquake, the country's financial hub is all set to record the chilliest December in four decades.

A worker uses a machine to clear snow of the pavement
A worker uses a machine to clear snow of the pavement | Image:AP/File Photo
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As China struggles to recover from a devastating earthquake, the country's financial hub recorded the chilliest December in four decades. According to The Strait Times, the Chinese authorities on Thursday issued a warning for low temperatures in the city after Northern China battled with icy conditions. On Thursday, Shanghai's lowest temperature was 4 to minus 6 degrees Celsius. In light of this, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said that the temperature will remain below zero all day throughout the city. 

While Shanghai recorded low temperatures, the city was warmer than the regions in northern China. Many regions in the country's north have recorded historically low temperatures in recent weeks. As per the authorities, the unusually frigid weather was ushered by a powerful wave of cold air that came straight from Siberia. While the country witnessed a modest snowfall, the bitter cold, ice and gusty conditions in China have disrupted road, rail and air transportation. The cold wave has sharply increased demand for hearing and even hampered the rescue efforts in North-West China which was ravaged by a horrifying earthquake. 

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A woman makes snowballs in the shape of dragon and duck at an office building complex, after a snowfall in Beijing, Image: AP

China's Liaodong Bay witnesses a massive sea ice

Amid the cold wave, Northeastern China's Liaodong Bay on Wednesday recorded its largest-ever sea ice. According to CGTN, the floating ice with its outer edge reached out 32 nautical miles into the Bohai Sea and covered a total area of about 6,138 square kilometres. "This marks a historic high for the same period since daily satellite observation records began in 2001. In the next few days, with the persistent influence of cold air, the sea ice in Liaodong Bay will continue to extend. The outer edge of the floating ice and the sea ice area may further reach new highs," said Li Ge, the chief of the Disaster Mitigation Center under the Ministry of Natural Resources. "Marine aquaculture, transportation, oil exploration and other businesses, as well as residents living on islands, should pay close attention to changes in ice conditions and ramp up preparations for de-icing," he added. 

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 A snow covered Mercedes Benz vehicle is parked at a residential building compound after a snowfall in Beijing, Image: APsnow-covered
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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 19:45 IST

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