Jan 26, 2016

Much of Asia shivering under unusually cold weather

Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hong Kong
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Guangdong
Thailand
Japan
China
by
Grant Peck
,
Associated Press
A visitor enjoys the artificial snow made of foam at a carnival in Hong Kong, on Jan. 26, 2016. In Hong Kong, the mercury dipped to its lowest in six decades. Photo: Kin Cheung, AP
A visitor enjoys the artificial snow made of foam at a carnival in Hong Kong, on Jan. 26, 2016. In Hong Kong, the mercury dipped to its lowest in six decades. Photo: Kin Cheung, AP

In Hong Kong, the mercury dipped to its lowest in six decades. The rest of southern China also recorded unusually cold weather, with record-breaking low temperatures in many places. In Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, the temperature dropped to 42 degrees, the lowest since 1977. Meteorologists said mountaintop snowfalls across a dozen northern provinces were unprecedented. Temperatures in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, hit an unseasonably high of 93 degrees on Saturday only to plunge to a low of 61 degrees on Monday. The weather was still cool on Tuesday, and Bangkok residents could be seen wearing jackets and wool caps.