Laohekou

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Laohekou
老河口市
County-level city
Laohekou is located in Hubei
Laohekou
Laohekou
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 32°24′N 111°46′E / 32.400°N 111.767°E / 32.400; 111.767Coordinates: 32°24′N 111°46′E / 32.400°N 111.767°E / 32.400; 111.767
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Xiangyang
Area
 • Total 1,032 km2 (398 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 490,000
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Laohekou (Chinese: 老河口; pinyin: Lǎohékǒu; literally: "old river mouth") is a county-level city in northwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China. It is located on the Han River (Hanshui), near the Henan border.

The entire county-level city has an area of 1,032 square kilometres (398 sq mi) and a population of 490,000 (2002). It falls under the jurisdiction of Xiangyang City. The area includes the city of Laohekou proper, which has an area of 27 square kilometres (10 sq mi).

Before the Communist Revolution, the city was the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Laohekou.

Geography[edit]

Laohekou has a monsoon-influenced, four season humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with cold, damp (but comparatively dry), winters, and hot, humid summers. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 2.6 °C (36.7 °F) in January to 27.3 °C (81.1 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 15.53 °C (60.0 °F). A majority of the annual precipitation of 835 mm (32.9 in) occurs from June to September. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 33% in January to 46% in August, the city receives 1,762 hours of bright sunshine annually; January thru March is the cloudiest period of the year.

Climate data for Laohekou (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.6
(45.7)
10.0
(50)
14.7
(58.5)
21.7
(71.1)
26.9
(80.4)
30.6
(87.1)
32.1
(89.8)
31.5
(88.7)
27.1
(80.8)
22.1
(71.8)
15.8
(60.4)
10.2
(50.4)
20.9
(69.6)
Average low °C (°F) −1.3
(29.7)
0.6
(33.1)
4.8
(40.6)
11.1
(52)
16.1
(61)
20.7
(69.3)
23.7
(74.7)
23.1
(73.6)
18.2
(64.8)
12.4
(54.3)
6.0
(42.8)
0.5
(32.9)
11.3
(52.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 21.4
(0.843)
28.3
(1.114)
51.7
(2.035)
68.3
(2.689)
87.9
(3.461)
99.1
(3.902)
120.6
(4.748)
131.5
(5.177)
94.9
(3.736)
70.4
(2.772)
42.2
(1.661)
18.4
(0.724)
834.7
(32.862)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 6.3 7.2 10.1 10.9 11.4 11.1 12.5 11.9 11.9 10.9 8.0 5.5 117.7
 % humidity 74 72 74 75 74 75 82 81 79 78 76 73 76.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105.3 105.1 124.3 159.2 180.0 179.8 184.3 187.6 140.3 143.8 129.7 122.4 1,761.8
Percent possible sunshine 33 34 34 41 42 42 43 46 38 41 41 40 39.6
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Transport[edit]

Laohekou is served by the Hankou–Danjiangkou Railway.

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