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Heavy smog enveloping the Chinese capital Beijing subsided after rain and cool breeze cleared the weather, with the pollutant concentration beginning to decrease Tuesday. Rain and cold weather cleared the smog late Monday night. The pollutant concentration began to decrease Tuesday, bringing the city’s air quality to the level of “excellent or fine”, according to the local meteorological bureau.
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The temperature fell substantially following the rain that will intensify in the afternoon and stop in the evening.
Beijing had issued its first yellow alert for air pollution on Sunday, leading to imposed restrictions on work at construction sites, outdoor barbecues and burning straw.
China has a four-tier colour-coding system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
Meteorologists expect north China to see more smog in autumn and winter, given unfavourable weather conditions this year.