Air pollution in Beijing on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo: VCG)
The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area and surrounding regions will experience heavy pollution from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment Friday.
This includes its central and southern parts, southeastern Shanxi Province, central and western Shandong Province and northern Henan Province.
Forecasts show that from Nov. 23, the diffusion conditions of air pollution in the region will begin to deteriorate. The air quality in the southern parts of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, western Shanxi and northern Henan will suffer.
The diffusion conditions will further deteriorate, and the air quality in most cities will gradually reach a moderate to heavy pollution level this weekend. From the evening of Nov. 25 to the morning of Nov. 26, pollution will be heaviest, with the peak concentration of PM2.5 to reach or exceed 200μg/m3.
On Nov. 27, the pollution will subside due to the cold air.
The ministry has asked local governments of relevant provinces to report their air quality forecasts. All governments are required to launch corresponding levels of alert, implement emission reduction measures, alleviate the impact of heavy pollution, and guarantee people’s health based on the actual situation and prepare for a regional emergency response.
The ministry will be present in on-site work groups, focusing on the implementation of emissions reduction measures and guiding local governments’ response.