There's no easy way to say this, so we're just going to put it out there: this week will see Beijing blighted with both snow and high levels of pollution (at least, according to Apple Weather). We'd thought we'd seen our quota of sneaky sky-ice for the year back in February
, but apparently the weather fronts over Dongbei have other ideas.
This has to be a glitch in the Matrix, right? Screenshot: Apple Weather
BBC Weather – the possible last bastion of integrity in the cruel, cruel world of weather forecasting – seems to disagree, predicting rain instead of snow. Either way, the warmer weather we had last week is firmly behind us, with the mercury dropping as low as 0°C this Friday.
Screenshot: BBC Weather
To make matters worse, according to our pals at AirVisual
(take a peek at their widget at the top of the page) pollution levels are reckoned to be sky-high all week, so you'll have pollution masks
and low visibility to contend with alongside ice-rink pavements and an equally ice-cold house.
Yes, to add insult to inevitable slipping-and-smashing-your-head-in injury, the central heating was turned off on 15 March, so if you've packed away extra blankets and space heaters, now's the time to whip 'em back out.