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China sweats in warmest temperatures on record

Climate News: China
Photo: A Chinese man warms up before taking a dip in the lake, in Beijing 06 February 2007. Skating has been banned on the melting ice of Beijing's lakes, trees are blossoming early and people are shedding their heavy clothes

Feb 06, 2007

Skating has been banned on the melting ice of Beijing's lakes, trees are blossoming early and people are shedding their heavy clothes as China experiences its warmest winter on record.
The temperature in the capital hit 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, far above the historical average of just below freezing for this time of year and the highest since records were first compiled in 1840.
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Japan's snow festival suffers from warm winterSapporo, Japan (AFP) Feb 6 - Northern Japan kicked off its celebrated snow festival on Tuesday but the ice sculptors were struggling, faced with an unusually warm winter. The week-long Sapporo Snow Festival, which is in its 58th year, attracts about two million people annually to enjoy ornate sculptures made of ice. But the event, in the largest city on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, has been marred this year by higher temperatures.
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