As of Monday, January 14, according to local weather authorities, heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather are expected to affect the northern and western parts of the country in the next few days. Overnight temperatures are likely to reach -40; -45 °C (-49 °F). Strong winds and snow storms could also affect the eastern and central regions.
Mongolia's climate is strongly continental, with long, frigid winters, and short, warm summers. The average temperature in January is around -32 °C (-26 °F) in the coldest areas of the north, and around -15 °C (5 °F) in the south. The northern part of Mongolia lies in the permafrost area (the ground below a certain depth remains frozen throughout the year).
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to remain vigilant when driving in icy and snowy conditions, adhere to any advice issued by the local authorities, and keep abreast of the situation via weather forecasts. Generally, during periods of severe cold it is advisable to limit outdoor activities, especially for vulnerable individuals - e.g. children, seniors, and pregnant women. Watch for signs of hypothermia and seek immediate medical attention if they occur.
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