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Hong Kong Cold Blast

Temperatures are set to plunge tomorrow as strong winds blow in from the mainland - as boffins in Beijing claim credit for an early cold snap that caused chaos for many Hong Kong travelers.Four Hong Kong-Beijing flights were canceled and 21 delayed yesterday as the capital felt the full blast of a strong cold front that has pushed temperatures to below zero.
The blizzard - the earliest to hit the capital in 40 years - was caused by "artificial means," according to state media which quoted the Beijing Weather Modification Office.
"We won't miss any opportunity for artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from a lingering drought," said Zhang Qiang, who is in charge of the office.
Zhang said that, according to preliminary calculations, more than 16 million tonnes of snow had been artificially created.
"We have used a total of 186 doses of silver iodide since 8pm on Saturday," she said.
The Hong Kong Observatory is forecasting temperatures will drop as low as 17 degrees Celsius tomorrow as a cold front moves in on Guangdong.
Observatory scientific officer Tong Yu-fai said the dip in temperatures over the next few days is related to the cold front hitting Beijing.
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