Citizens wear masks as smog hits Beijing. (File photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)
(ECNS) -- China's northern regions including Beijing and Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province will experience moderate to heavy levels of air pollution intermittently over the coming three days, according to a forecast by China National Environmental Monitoring Center on Thursday.
Low atmospheric pressure will dominate Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regions from Sept 14 to 16, as cold air from the northwest weakens, week southerly winds blow for several days, and humidity rises. All these make it difficult for air pollutants to disperse.
The center forecasts that moderate pollution will hit the region from Sept 14 to 15, followed by severe air pollution on the morning of Sept 16.
Influenced by northerly winds on the afternoon of Sept. 16, air conditions would turn better, the center said, so conditions later on Sept. 16 will result in lightly polluted air.
The Ministry of Environment said it will closely monitor air quality starting on Sept 15 in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regions, adding that work on air pollution control and supervision is being carried out methodically.