Schools have been suspended in China as it braces for history-making cold weather, including 30-year lows in places, AFP said. Emergency workers were put on standby, state media reported. At 1pm Thursday, it was already a biting -28 Celsius (-18 Fahrenheit) in Yakeshi in Inner Mongolia.
The National Meteorological Center predicted temperatures would drop up to 10 degrees C across much of the country over the next four days, and Beijing is forecast to see a low of -17 C Saturday. It will be below freezing in over 90 percent of the world’s most populous country..