Another unseasonably mild winter expected in Tibet

December 05, 2011

The "Roof of the World" is set for another mild winter this year – 11th such season since 2001 – which has been identified as being an impact of global warming.

From 1 January to 15 November this year the average temperature in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China ranged from minus 0.7 degrees Celsius to 14.7 degrees – 0.5 degrees higher than normal years in most parts of the region – according to the latest data released by the Climate Center under the Tibet Regional Meteorological Bureau.

In some areas, including the regional capital of Lhasa, Ngari Prefecture and Tsethang Township, the temperature was 1-1.5 degrees higher than normal years, a center spokesman told Xinhua.

"Those statistics show that Tibet will experience another mild winter," he said. "That is closely linked with the global warming."

Over the past 50 years, the annual average temperature in Tibet has increased by 0.32 degrees every decade, especially in the past 10 years, he said.

During the previous winter lasting from December 2010 to February 2011, the average temperature in Tibet stood at minus 12.1 to 5.4 degrees, or 1.2 degrees higher than normal years in some areas, he said.