The Chinese National Meteorological Center issued on Tuesday, February 5 a yellow alert (the second level on a four-point scale) for dense foggy conditions affecting several provinces, including Anhui, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangsu provinces. In the morning (local time) of Wednesday, February 6, the visibility was reportedly reduced to less than 200 meters (650 ft) in the abovementionned areas. Related transportation disruptions (rail, road, and air) are possible throughout the day. Local weather authorities have announced weather conditions should improve by the end of the day.
Individuals in affected provinces are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, prepare for lingering transportation disruptions, and confirm flight and train reservations. Due to health risks associated with air pollution, it is advisable to limit outdoor activities. Pollution is especially hazardous to vulnerable individuals (e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and individuals suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues). If experiencing breathing difficulties, seek medical attention, particularly if new symptoms appear (e.g. cough, sore throat, irritated eyes).
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