China experiences warmest year in half century in 2006

China experienced its warmest year in a half century in 2006, with the average temperature in the country reaching 9.9 degrees celsius.

The year 2006 was the country’s warmest year since 1951, the China Meteorological Bureau said.

Over the past 50 years, the most evident temperature rises occurred in the northern and north-eastern parts of China and the inner Mongolia autonomous region, experts with the state climate centre under the bureau said.

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