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Cold snap chills northern China, with some areas experiencing lowest October temperatures on record

A cold wave is sweeping through northern China, with the lowest temperatures in some places plunging to historical lows on Monday, according to China’s meteorological administration.

On Monday morning, 31 weather stations across the middle regions of Inner Mongolia and Liaoning province, northwestern Hebei province and northeastern Shanxi province recorded their daily lowest temperatures for October since records began in 1951, with some reporting temperatures of less than minus 16 degrees Celsius, according to a report by the National Meteorological Centre.

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The centre forecast the cold snap would continue across the country in early November. Over the next two days, temperatures in eastern China could decline by four to six degrees, while in areas such as southeastern Heibei, temperatures could drop more than eight degrees, the report said.

In Beijing, the forecast maximum temperature for Monday was six degrees, but it could plunge to minus four degrees at night, according to weather reports.

But even though Beijing’s lowest temperature dropped below zero, the city’s residents may still have to wait until mid-November until the heating is turned on citywide. For the heating to be turned on earlier than scheduled, average temperatures have to be below five degrees for five days in a row, according to state media.