China’s northernmost city, Mohe, has recorded its coldest temperature since records began.
Mohe – known as “China’s North Pole” – is located in Heilongjiang Province, near the border with Russia.
On Sunday, the local weather station recorded a record low temperature of -53°C (-63°F) at 7am. The previous lowest temperature in the city’s history was -52.3°C in 1969.
However, the temperature is still below China’s national record.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in China is -58°C, in the city of Genhe in Inner Mongolia in December 2009.
The lowest temperature recorded in Great Britain is -27.2°C, recorded in various parts of Scotland in 1895, 1982 and 1995.
Mohe is no stranger to cold weather: China Daily says the city is considered the coldest in China, with its winter period “usually lasting eight months.”
As a result, it attracts visitors all year round with its “North Pole”, ice and snow parks and ski resorts. In previous years, winter marathons were also held here.
At this time of year, the average temperature in the city is -15°C.
Last week, China’s meteorological authority issued warnings for falling temperatures and cold winds in the region.
The Xinhua News Agency reported that many areas of the Greater Khingan mountain range, which includes Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang, saw record low temperatures over the weekend.
Since Friday, temperatures in Mohe have dropped below -50°C for three consecutive days, which media say is unprecedented.
Beijing News reported on Friday that the city’s coal consumption had increased by a third because of the cold weather.
Car companies also told the newspaper that they used the cold to test the braking performance of the vehicles.
One resident told Kanji Video that his hands were numb within 10 seconds of going outside, but he saw very few other people around.
“It becomes foggy about 100m in front of you, you can’t see anyone,” he said.
A tourist named Li told Beijing News that he made a special trip from China’s southernmost province, Guangdong, to experience extreme weather conditions.
“I didn’t expect it to drop below -50°C this year, it was quite a surprise,” he told the paper.
Meanwhile, official broadcaster CCTV showed a journalist cracking an egg outside, causing it to freeze within seconds.
More generally, the media is paying tribute to essential workers – including police officers, firefighters, soldiers and street cleaners – who continue to work outside during the cold weather.
China has recorded record temperatures over the past year, both in terms of heat and cold.
Earlier this month, the Xinhua news agency reported that the country had its hottest summer and fall in 60 years, with many cities breaking records.
Climate change generally increases the likelihood of extreme weather – and while scientists agree that global temperatures are rising, that doesn’t mean we’ll stop having periods of very cold weather.
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