Beijing on Thursday recorded the coldest morning since 1066 with the mercury dipped to minus 19.6 degree Celsius in the capital city of China.
The Nanjiao station, located in Beijing’s Daxing District, is a national-level meteorological station founded in 1912, Xinhua news agency reported.
Early Thursday morning, half of the city’s 20 national-level meteorological stations registered their lowest ever early-January temperatures, according to Lei Lei, chief forecaster of the Beijing municipal meteorological station.
The cold wave has gripped Beijing since December 30, 2020, leading to drastic temperature drops and strong winds.
As of Thursday morning, the city’s weather authorities had maintained blue alerts for continuous low temperatures and heavy winds, the lowest level in China’s four-tier colour-coded warning system.
The cold wave is forecast to continue in Beijing until Friday, with the daily maximum temperature remaining below zero, Lei said.
The temperature is expected to climb on Saturday, with the daily maximum temperature rising above 1 degree Celsius.