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Tibet reports higher than normal winter temperatures

January 3, 2008 2007-12-31 20:28:01        Print

Special Report: Fight against Global Warming
     LHASA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Tibet, a high-altitude region in 
southwest China seen as sensitive to global warming, has been 
experiencing temperatures one to five degrees Celsius higher than 
normal since the beginning of the winter.

     The average temperatures in the last ten days of December were 
three to five degrees Celsius higher than the same period in previous 
years, the Tibet Regional Meteorological Observatory said.

     The highest temperature on Dec. 26 hit 17.7 degrees Celsius, the 
second highest for the same period in half a century after the 
highest 17.8 degrees Celsius recorded in 1980, the observatory said.

     "Less rainfall, higher temperatures and dry and windy weather 
have featured the region's winter this year," said Ma Yanxian, a 
senior engineer at the observatory.

     The region's rainfall totals were also about half a normal 
year's, according to the observatory.
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