Beijing is recording the longest cold wave in modern history



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Beijing It marked its longest cold wave since records began in 1951, as biting temperatures and snowfall eased the Chinese capital and elsewhere.

Temperatures soared above zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) at Beijing's Nanjiao Meteorological Station. Sunday afternoon for the first time in days, state media Beijing Daily reported.

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A giant panda rests in a tree at a zoo after a snowfall in Beijing.

“Since the temperature dropped below zero degrees for the first time on December 11, the temperature has remained below that line for more than 300 hours,” the Beijing Daily wrote.

A Strong cold wave It swept across much of China this month, pushing the heating capacity of some northern Chinese cities to its limits.

China's central province of Henan has seen several setbacks.

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People hold on to a rope as they climb a snowy section of the Great Wall of China.

In the city of Jiazuo, heating was partially stopped after an outage at the Wanfang power plant on Friday. The problem was resolved on Saturday and heating is expected to resume on Sunday night, the city's official newspaper, the Geosuo Daily, reported.

Two other cities in the province, Puyang and Pingdingshan, will reduce heating to most government buildings and state-owned enterprises starting Friday, “prioritizing limited heating resources for hospitals, schools and residential buildings,” according to reports from the governments of the two cities.

The weather is cold in the capital Beijing Started days ago and has caused problems in the city's metro system.

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Hundreds of passengers, dozens of them with broken bones, were sent to hospital in Beijing earlier this month after two trains collided on a busy metro line in snowy conditions, the city's transport authority said.

The intense heat also hampered rescue efforts A deadly earthquake This month in northwestern Gansu province.

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