Hottest Sum­mer

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK SOCIETY -

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

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