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Much of country gets cold treatment

STRONG cold fronts will put two-thirds of China into the deep freeze, with temperatures dropping as much as 20 degrees Celsius overnight in storm-stricken north China.

Experts with the Central Meteorological Center said yesterday no cold wave this strong has been recorded in the past decade.

On Thursday the lowest temperature in the country was registered in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where the mercury fell to minus 40.2 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in Urumqi, the region's capital, dropped more than 6 degrees in three hours. Locals said they felt "extremely cold" if they kept still for several minutes.

The center issued a warning yesterday, saying the temperature would drop at least 12 degrees in areas affected by the cold wave -- which could be two-thirds of Chinese land.

Temperatures in the Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Hebei will drop to as low as minus 35 degrees.

And the temperature will continue to drop for three days.

Inner Mongolia and northeastern China will also get heavy snowfall or storms.


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