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Sunday, October 12, 2003
Nation feels sudden chill: "Nation feels sudden chill
( 2003-10-13 08:05) (China Daily)
Strong cold air from Siberia has swept across China and caused temperatures to drop as much as 10 C in some regions, as early snow has dusted the Great Wall and area mountaintops.
The good news is that State Meteorologic Observatory forecasters said cold front has passed by North China and temperatures will warm up on Wednesday across most of the nation.
rare autumnal snowfall at the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing
Statistics from the municipal meteorologic observatory showed rain has lingered for 50 hours in and around Beijing since Friday, rare in the history of the capital throughout the same calendar period over time.
And Beijing residents found the temperature drop over the weekend even sharper than some locales, with temperature down to 3 C yesterday morning said Li Yanxiang, a State Meteorological Observatory expert. Even the afternoon high reached just 12 C yesterday, Li said.
Snowfall has been seen on some mountains, including the Western Hills and Badaling.
The cold brought more business to the capital's hot pot eateries, area restaurateurs said.
At Beijing Jinshancheng Hot Pot Restaurant, a larger than normal crowd jammed tables over the weekend, an employee told China Daily.
In Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province in Northeast China, snow fell in the wee hours yesterday after some 30 hours of rainfall, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Local meteorologists said the snow is half a month earlier than normal. "