The national average temperature in China this summer reached 22 degrees Celsius, the highest since 1961, with 55 weather monitoring stations posting record high daily temperatures, a meteorological official said on August 27.
Compared to normal years, the national average reading from early June to August 26 was 1 degree Celsius higher. The high temperatures also lasted longer, covered more areas and came with more extreme weather this year, Zhang Zuqiang, Director of the emergency relief and public service department of the China Meteorological Administration, said at a press conference.
In August, for example, China’s national average temperature reached 22.2 degrees Celsius, 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than normal years. Some 93 weather stations reported extreme high temperatures particularly in Jilin, Liaoning, Sichuan, Hubei and Shandong provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Zhang said the lingering high temperatures in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River