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Extreme Weather in Beijing As China’s Capital Records Coldest December Since 1951 

Beyond China’s borders, northern Japan has witnessed substantial snowfall.

Beijing, the capital city of China, is grappling with the coldest December on record since meteorological data began in 1951. Throughout the month, temperatures in the city have consistently plummeted below -10°C, creating challenging conditions for its residents.

This year has marked a significant contrast in weather patterns for Beijing, as just six months ago, in June, the city experienced its hottest day ever recorded, with temperatures exceeding 40°C. Now, the frigid temperatures are setting a different extreme.

China has been struck by multiple waves of severe cold weather this winter, contributing to the prolonged icy conditions in Beijing. The city has also faced the additional challenge of snowfall, creating further complications for transportation and daily life.

Beyond China’s borders, northern Japan has witnessed substantial snowfall, and South Korea has been contending with freezing temperatures, highlighting the broader impact of the extreme weather conditions in the region.

It remains unclear how North Korea, a neighbouring country, is managing amid these harsh weather conditions. Limited information from the state makes it challenging to ascertain the situation on the ground.

As Beijing and the surrounding regions continue to grapple with the unprecedented cold, residents are adapting to the challenges posed by the harsh winter conditions, emphasizing the need for resilience and preparedness in the face of extreme weather events.

Kiki Garba

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