Meteorological Department: Chongqing is not yet “in winter”, despite cold snap
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- On November 25, according to the Chongqing Meteorological Service, the cold air from the north is expected to keep the weather overcast and rainy for the next few days, and the city’s maximum temperature will be difficult to exceed 14°C, with local lows of only 3°C to 4°C.
The weather in Chongqing has been a rollercoaster ride since November. Chongqing had warm weather at the beginning of November due to a series of sunny days. At Shapingba Station, for example, the average temperature from November 1 to 18 reached 17.4°C, the second highest on record for the same period; the number of hours of sunshine was 84.3 hours, which is the maximum for the same period in history.
From November 21 onwards, temperatures in Chongqing plummeted due to the cold air from the north. There were two or three strands of cold air that affected temperatures in Chongqing, with the most significant impact being on November 21. From 00:00 on November 21 to 15:00 on November 22, the temperature at Shapingba Station was on a downward trend, and after 06:00 on November 22, the temperature began to fall below 10°C. At 12:00, the lowest temperature was only 8.5°C, a drop of nearly 6°C compared to the same time on November 21. Temperatures fell into single digits in a number of districts across the city, with the lowest temperature occurring in the northeastern county of Chengkou at just 3.4°C.
On November 23, Chengkou County had its first snowfall of the year, with a thickness of around 1cm and a snowfall of 3.2mm. High-altitude areas in districts and counties such as Qianjiang and Kaizhou also had snowfall.
Chongqing has also experienced cooler than normal temperatures over the past few days due to the arrival of strong cold air. The live monitoring showed that as of 15:00 on November 25, the city’s maximum temperature had not exceeded 13°C, with only 12°C at Shapingba Station and only 5.4°C in Chengkou, the coldest county.
Is Chongqing in winternow? The so-called winterization criterion is that when the sliding average temperature series is less than 10°C for five consecutive days, the first date in the corresponding temperature series that is less than 10°C is used as the start of winter. It is understood that Shaipingba Station is not yet up to winter standards as it always enters winter on December 8.
As to when it will snow in the main districts of Chongqing, this will depend on the weather conditions after the start of winter. On January 23, 2016, for example, the atmosphere contained colder ice-crystal nuclei and water vapor was plentiful in the main districts and the average daily temperature was only 1.2°C, so snowflakes landed in the main districts. (Translated by Wang Huixin, Fathom Language Limited)