A car runs in the fog-bound county seat of Runan, central China's Henan Province, Jan. 3, 2017. A red alert for fog in large parts of China was issued by the National Meteorological Center on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Sun Kai)
BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's national observatory on Tuesday issued a red alert for fog in a number of northern and eastern regions, the first ever national red alert for fog.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, thick fog in parts of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region as well as provinces of Henan, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu will reduce visibility to less than 500 meters, the National Meteorological Center said.
In extreme cases visibility may fall below 50 meters in those regions, it added.
The center said drivers in affected regions should slow down to safe speeds, while airports, freeways and ports should take safety necessary measures.
The center also renewed an orange alert for smog in the same period in northern, eastern and central China, with smog continuing to blanket the regions since Friday.
China has a four-tier color-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.