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Beijing witnesses longest dry spell in 47 yrs

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

is witnessing the longest dry spell in 47 years, as it has not received "effective precipitation" in the past 115 days, Met officials said here today.

"Effective precipitation" refers to rain or snow that is actually added and stored in the soil.

According to the Beijing's climate observatory, the Chinese capital has not seen precipitation of 0.1 mm or more on any of the past 115 days.

The previous record of the longest dry spell was between October 1970 and February 1971, when the city experienced a 114-day rainless streak.

has seen plenty of cold fronts this winter, but there has been a lack of moisture in the atmosphere, making it difficult for snow to form, the agency reported today.

Since November 2017, under the influence of La Nina, the Siberian high pressure area and the East Asian trough have intensified, leading to colder air in

However, the subtropical high in the West Pacific is in a position that is not conducive for wet warm air from to move northward and meet the cold air, said with the Climate Centre.

According to the forecast, Beijing will witness sunny to overcast without marked snowfall and extreme low temperatures during the seven-day holiday starting today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:35 IST