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Chill out: It's about to get very cold in Beijing

The mercury's falling fast in the capital this week

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While we're already annoyed that autumn lasted for what felt like two seconds this year, the weather gods are making this week even worse. Excusing the inevitable 'winter is coming' innuendos, winter is actually about to come pretty hard upon Beijing this first week of December as, for the first time this season, temperatures plummet into the negatives – highs of negatives. The folks over at AirVisual are predicting a slew of cold to incredibly cold days, starting from tomorrow, Wednesday 5.
Via AirVisual.com

An overnight low of minus 23°C on Sunday? AirVisual's forecast seems a bit off for an average December, so we checked it against a few other sources, including AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, and BBC Weather, and got some slightly more reassuring readings.

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Beijing's next five days, via AccuWeather

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Beijing's next week, via The Weather Channel

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And this hot take on the cold week to come, via the BBC

Differing readings, but whichever system of weather-forecasting beliefs you subscribe to, they're all saying one thing – this cold snap's taking us sub-zero on Thursday, and we're not re-emerging from the depths until early next week. So, rug up, Beijing, and stay indoors with a great book. Or stay outside and jam like these hardy Beijingers.


Image: @geodou

Alternatively, warm yourself up at one of Beijing's best best hot springs, or power through with festive cheer and check out a Christmas market. And remember – this is all just training for what's ahead, for Beijing's winter is long and full of sub-zero temperatures. But the cold never bothered us anyway, right? It certainly doesn't bother these Houhai ice swimmers.

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