December 21, 2010 / 10:12 AM / in 7 years

FACTBOX-China winter weather latest developments

BEIJING, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Harsh winter weather across parts of China could disrupt transport and strain energy supplies. Here is a summary of major weather developments and their impact.

This factbox will be updated frequently throughout winter.

TUESDAY, DEC 21

Northern China will suffer colder temperatures and strong wind in the next few days.

In the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the temperature will dive nearly 10 degrees Celsius to minus 27 degrees Celsius with heavy snow also expected.

In Huizhou in the far southern province of Guangdong, agricultural products worth 220 million yuan ($33 million) have been damaged by the cold weather, posing a threat to the task of stabilising vegetables prices, the China News Service reported. The temperature in the region fell to 2.3 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 35 years, the report said.

MONDAY, DEC 20

Most parts of China should have good weather in the next three days with little rain, while parts of northwestern and northeastern provinces will see snow, including a blizzard in northwest Xinjiang.

A cold front with rain, snow, wind and low temperatures will affect most parts of central and eastern China from Dec. 22.

Hubei, Henan and Shaanxi province have seen coal consumption soaring following the cold weather. [ID:nTOE6BJ022]

In Hubei, 14 power stations had a total of 1.8 million tonnes of coal last week compared to 3.7 million tonnes in September, leaving them with reserves equivalent to 12 days of demand, the China Daily said.

The shortage of coal has led to power cuts and energy rationing in parts of coal-rich Shaanxi and other provinces.

FRIDAY, DEC 17

Guangdong province in far southern China experienced the lowest mean temperatures for mid-December since 1975, with temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius or lower across the province icing over parts of the major Beijing-Zhuhai highway, holding up thousands of trucks, according to Xinhua news agency and other news reports.

Snow and sleet in other parts of southern China closed some smaller airports while major hubs remained opened. Warmer weather in coming days could also bring fog, said the national forecaster.

Across northern China, however, Beijing and other cities saw higher temperatures after a cold plunge in past days, with temperatures down 6-8 degrees across much of the country. (Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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