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Winter returns to Pyongyang with more bite than last year

/ 08:13 PM January 20, 2016
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, image made from Associated Press Television News video, North Koreans stand on the frozen Taedong River as a man, right, ice fishes in Pyongyang, North Korea. The depths of winter have hit North Korea, with temperatures dropping lower than last year. (Associated Press Television News via AP)

In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, image made from Associated Press Television News video, North Koreans stand on the frozen Taedong River as a man, right, ice fishes in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP

PYONGYANG, North Korea — A cold snap in the North Korean capital has residents ice fishing on the Taedong River.

The whole country was colder than minus 10 C (14 F) on Tuesday, and the North’s official weather forecaster predicted that Pyongyang would sink to minus 16 C (3 F) on Wednesday.

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January is usually the country’s coldest month, and Ri Yong Nam of the State Hydro-Meteorological Agency says this year is about 5 degrees C (9 degrees F) colder than last year.

Ri says the cold snap is expected to worsen through the weekend before warmer weather returns next week. TVJ

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