Harbin is feeling the effects of global warming first-hand as
last year the northernmost major city in China recorded its highest
annual average temperature, meteorologists said on Friday.
The average annual temperature in the capital of the
northeastern Heilongjiang Province, dubbed the "city of ice" and
famed for its annual ice sculpture festival, was 6.6 degrees
Celsius in 2007. It was the highest since meteorological records
began in 1881, the Heilongjiang Meteorological Observatory
The previous record was 6.1 degrees in 1998.
The average temperatures in January, February and June were also
the highest in history. They were minus 11.5 degrees, minus seven
degrees and 23.7 degrees, respectively.
The city's average temperature last month was minus 10.6
degrees, the second highest over the same period in history, said
Yin Xuemian, a senior meteorologist at the observatory. The record
December average was minus 10 degrees set in 1935 and 1956.
"The record high annual average temperature was not incidental,
" she said. "It was closely related to the global warming
The previous years reporting average temperatures of above six
degrees were 1998 and 2003.
(Xinhua News Agency January 4, 2008)