Colder temperatures to come next week
J.Tsogt, Head of the Weather Forecasting Section of the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring, talked to journalists about the current weather conditions in Mongolia.
-What is the reason for the relatively warm climate recently?
-Usually at this time of the year, the southern parts of Mongolia are subject to high air pressure. However, currently, the northern area of the country is experiencing high pressure, which means we are currently in a warm air zone with high-pressure. In general, the winter weather conditions aren’t stable yet. It is mostly windy in the Gobi and the steppe areas.
-Is it also warm in the provinces, just as it is here in Ulaanbaatar?
-Over 60 percent of Mongolian land is covered with snow at the moment. The regions that are not covered in snow include the Gobi region, as well as areas in the south west of Dornod and Sukhbaatar provinces, southern areas of Uvurkhangai and Bayankhongor provinces, and the eastern parts of Arkhangai Province.
The livestock in these regions are facing water scarcity issues, as snow is a significant water resource in winter. The snow cover this year is similar to last year, but the snow depth is quite thin.
As the weather is quite warm in most provinces, the snow is melting during the daytime and freezing during the night, forcing them to accumulate. This may result in a harsher winter in several soums in Uvs and Zavkhan provinces, because mist and fog during the daytime makes it impossible for livestock to feed on forage.
-How long will the warm conditions continue?
-The weather will be warm throughout most regions until December 6. However, it will get colder after December 7.
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