At 10am on January 23, the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA) maintained the blue alert for cold wave, due to the cold front which continues to savage central and eastern China.
The first blue alert was released by CMA at 6pm on Sunday January 21, when a cold front was detected, moving southward, influencing central and eastern China.
The blue alarm for cold wave, the lowest in the four-tier alarm system (blue, yellow, orange and red), suggests that the lowest temperature will drop at least 8 degrees Celsius and amount to a high of 4 degrees Celsius over the following 48 hours.
During this period, citizens are advised to wear appropriate clothing to keep warm, and farmers in the affected regions should also take precautions to protect their crops against the cold weather.
This week, CMA has predicted a decrease of 6-10 degrees in the temperature throughout central and eastern China, including parts of Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Qinghai and Shaanxi. In some regions, the temperature may even fall by 10-14 degrees Celsius, resulting in an average of 2-5 degrees Celsius.
Influenced by the cold front, from the evening of January 23 snow is expected to hit parts of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Shaanxi and Zhejiang. Some regions may even encounter blizzards. As reported last week, Shanghai will also be affected, with forecasts predicting drizzly, cold weather until next Monday January 29 along with the possibility of snow, seldom seen in Shanghai.
Whether or not this cold snap will blanket the city in the wonder of snow remains to be seen, so let’s just prepare ourselves anyway; stay inside, keep warm and take care.