From xinhua via china.org.cn:
China has experienced its warmest autumn for 55 years with its average temperature 1.6 degrees Celsius higher than normal, according to the Science Times.
The temperature rise of 1.6 degrees Celsius has broken the record for temperature rises since 1951, said Zhang Qiang, assistant director-general of disaster relief with the China Meteorological Administration.
Zhang said the average temperature was even two to four degrees higher in the western part of northwest China, northwestern part of northeast China and areas of Inner Mongolia. Fourteen provinces, municipalities and regions including Beijing, Jiangsu, Hunan, Guangxi, Gansu and Xinjiang also recorded their highest average temperatures since 1951. Beijing recorded an average temperature of 21.5 degrees Celsius from September to early October, 2.4 degrees Celsius higher than normal.[Full Text]