Thursday, 12 January 2006
UB Post reports: Last
week according to reports from local meteorology agencies, Mongolia
experienced its coldest day for almost 20 years. Residents of Otgon
soum in Zavkhan aimag were forced to wrap up warm and scurry inside as
temperatures plummeted 54 degrees below zero on January 5. It was a
similar case the previous evening when it was only fractionally warmer
at a bone chilling –53 degrees in Celsius.
Prior to this latest
cold snap, the mercury in Mongolian thermometers had only dropped as
low as that in 1977 when on the same day in 1977 Zuungobi soum in Uvs
aimag saw temperatures drop as low as 55.4 degrees below. The record
for the coldest temperature ever recorded in Mongolia though came on
December 27 1966 when weathermen recorded a reading of –55.6 degrees in
It is not just Zavkhan that has been suffering from
the inclement weather, Khovsgol, Uvs, and Selenge have all been
reporting temperatures in excess of forty degrees below. At the same
time though readings from close to the Ekhiin Gol river put things at a
positively tropical 19 degrees below freezing point. It is predicted
that the cold spell will end by January 9.
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