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Beijing, Jan. 8, 2007 (PTI):
Tibet is experiencing RECORD-BREAKING TEMPERATURES over the last couple of days as winter seems to have already given way to spring, meteorologists in the remote Himalayan region said. Chinese scientists have recently said that global warming is seriously affecting the fragile Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, causing the quick melting of glaciers in the Himalayan region. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is home to the source of many big rivers in Asia, such as the Yangtze, Yellow, Bhramaputra and Ganga, giving it the nickname - the "water tower" of China. Temperatures in the Qamdo region in eastern Tibet reached 21.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, 1.7 degrees Celsius higher than the previous record for the same day set in 1996. Meteorological data began to be collected in the area in 1970. In Dengqen County, also in eastern Tibet, the temperature hit 16.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday, 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than the previous record for the same day which was set in 2001.
CONNECTICUT - The National Weather Service says Saturday marked the WARMEST JANUARY DAY ON RECORD in Greater Hartford in more than 100 years. The thermometer at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks hit 72 degrees Saturday afternoon, shattering the previous January high of 58 degrees set in 1929.