Winter’s initial snowfall induces significant disruptions in Beijing, according to the weather monitoring system.

Transport disrupted in Chinese capital as cold weather expected to continue across north of country throughout the weekend

China’s northern regions, including Beijing, experienced heavy snowfall over the weekend, marking the beginning of the winter season.

In the aftermath of the snow and ice, more than 180 bus routes were suspended in the city on Monday, while trains and flights were delayed or cancelled. South of Beijing, Henan province witnessed significant snowfall, with depths ranging from 100mm to 150mm in various areas.

Shanxi province, located southwest of Beijing, also faced wintry conditions. Icy roads led to a major car accident on Sunday night, resulting in over 40 cars piling up and causing one fatality and six injuries.

A second, more intense cold spell is expected to affect northern China starting Thursday and continuing into the weekend. Further snowfall is anticipated, accompanied by a widespread drop in temperatures. Some northern areas may even experience record low temperatures. For instance, while Shanghai reached 23C on Thursday, it is expected to only reach a maximum of 3C on Saturday. South Korea and parts of Japan will also undergo significant temperature drops, transitioning from mild weather to sub-zero temperatures.

In contrast, Spain encountered unusually high temperatures this week due to an unseasonable warm air mass sweeping across the Iberian peninsula. On Tuesday, Málaga registered a maximum temperature of 29.9C, breaking Spain’s record for the highest December temperature.

Several weather stations surpassed their previous December records by a remarkable margin of 5C. The exceptional warmth has caused issues for Spain’s ski resorts, as the typical snow coverage for this time of year is lacking.

In South Australia, heavy rain hit over the weekend, resulting in power outages for approximately 30,000 homes. Adelaide experienced over 20,000 lightning strikes during the weekend, surpassing the average December rainfall.

In northern Queensland, Australia, Tropical Cyclone Jasper made landfall on Wednesday, accompanied by destructive winds and heavy rainfall. Some areas recorded rainfall exceeding 400mm, along with winds reaching approximately 75mph. Although Jasper weakened on Thursday, the risk of flooding remained in many regions.

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