Chebi to cool off fiery China coast

But the mer­cury will con­tinue up­ward for south­ern in­land cities

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG QIAN in Bei­jing WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai

TYPHOON CHEBI'S EX­PECTED PATH FROM 8 AM THURS­DAY TO 8 AM SATUR­DAY

Trop­i­cal Storm Chebi will ease heat stress in coastal cities of South China, bring­ing wind and rain, but tem­per­a­tures in south­ern in­land cities will con­tinue to shoot up­ward be­fore mid-Au­gust, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said on Thurs­day.

Ma Xuekuan, chief weather fore­caster of the National Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter, said tem­per­a­tures in most parts of Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu and Jiangxi prov­inces, as well as Shang­hai, will hit 40 C in the com­ing week.

Heat warn­ings were is­sued for Chongqing and Shang­hai, along with cities in Guizhou, Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu, He­nan and Anhui prov­inces on Thurs­day.

In Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, the tem­per­a­ture of the pave­ment on a bridge was ab­nor­mally high hit 64 C in the past week

through­out July, caus­ing 236 tires to burst, about 30 per­cent more than usual, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal trans­porta­tion bureau.

Sear­ing July heat claimed more than 10 lives in Shang­hai due to heat stroke, and it’s ex­pected to get hot­ter in the com­ing 10 days, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal bureau.

The bureau also warned peo­ple to pay at­ten­tion to the sum­mer heat and pro­tect them­selves. It ad­vised chil­dren, preg­nant women and el­derly peo­ple, es­pe­cially those with chronic dis­eases, to re­duce out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The bad news is we have to wait an­other 10 days. The swel­ter­ing sum­mer days are re­ally in­tol­er­a­ble,” said Chloe Hu, a 30-year-old of­fice worker in Shang­hai.

“I of­ten take my baby out­side af­ter din­ner. But now we have to stay at home. It’s too hot out­side,” she said.

“I also told my par­ents not to go out­side dur­ing the day be­cause it would in­crease health risks.”

Typhoon alert

While the in­land south­ern cities are suf­fer­ing from scorch­ing heat, the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion and Guang­dong and Hainan prov­inces, will em­brace gales and rain over the week­end as the trop­i­cal storm is ex­pected to land on Fri­day or Satur­day.

The National Marine En­vi­ron­men­tal Fore­cast­ing Cen­ter of the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued an alert on Thurs­day that waves up to seven me­ters will ap­pear in the South China Sea on Fri­day.

The State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters sent three ex­pert teams to Guang­dong, Guangxi and Hainan for anti- typhoon work.

Hainan is pre­pared for po­ten­tial dam­age and had asked all fish­er­men to sail back to port, said Chen Wu, deputy di­rec­tor of the provin­cial an­ti­ty­phoon bureau.

The Sanya mar­itime safety ad­min­is­tra­tion in Hainan is­sued an emer­gency alert, ask­ing tour agen­cies to sus­pend all wa­ter en­ter­tain­ment, such as cruises.

The Hainan provin­cial me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal bureau said rain ac­com­pa­nied by gales will hit cen­tral and eastern parts of the prov­ince on Fri­day. Liu Xiaoli in Haikou, Hainan prov­ince, con­trib­uted to this story.

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