Rain­fall to ease in flooded south

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Af­ter days of down­pours in the south, many flooded cities will be­gin to see sun­shine and high tem­per­a­tures start­ing on Wed­nes­day and last­ing for five days, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional weather au­thor­ity.

An av­er­age of 11.2 cen­time­ters of rain fell na­tion­wide in June, 13 per­cent higher than the month’s av­er­age level for the past 30 years, with the south­ern re­gions hav­ing had more than 45 cm of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, 24.1 per­cent higher than the pre­vi­ous av­er­age, Li Ming­mei, deputy di­rec­tor of emer­gency and dis­as­ter re­duc­tion and public ser­vice of the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said on Tues­day.

Hu­nan prov­ince has seen ac­cu­mu­lated pre­cip­i­ta­tion of 39.6 cm and neigh­bor­ing Guizhou prov­ince had 34.8 cm, the high­est in June since 1961, said Li, ad­ding that many ar­eas in the south­ern prov­inces were hit by floods or other dis­as­ters like land­slides.

“From Wed­nes­day, these re­gions af­fected by con­tin­u­ous rain­fall will see tem­per­a­tures of 35 to 38 C,” she said.

The con­tin­u­ous down­pours lin­ger­ing in these prov­inces were mainly caused by strong sub­trop­i­cal high pres­sures, the usual dom­i­nant sum­mer weather sys­tem in China, said Ai Wanxiu, se­nior engi­neer at the Na­tional Cli­mate Cen­ter.

The sub­trop­i­cal high pres­sure belt, which brought sta­ble rain­fall, has moved south­west and is fore­cast to af­fect Sichuan prov­ince and neigh­bor­ing ar­eas from Wed­nes­day night to Fri­day, Li said.

When the wet south­ern cities em­brace hot, dry tem­per­a­tures, north­ern re­gions in­clud­ing Bei­jing will see heavy rain­fall.

Since June 26, res­i­dents in many north­ern and north­west­ern cities like Bei­jing, Shi­ji­azhuang of He­bei prov­ince and Xi’an in Shaanxi prov­ince have ex­pe­ri­enced dry­ness and heat — Shi­ji­azhuang, for ex­am­ple, had four straight days when the high tem­per­a­ture ex­ceeded 35 C, ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

On Tues­day, rain­fall dis­rupted Bei­jing traf­fic, caus­ing the can­cel­la­tion of more than 300 flights in the morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the air­port.

But more re­gions in the north and north­west will ex­pe­ri­ence tor­ren­tial rains, with re­gions in the prov­inces of He­bei, Shanxi and Shaanxi, and the cities of Bei­jing and Tian­jin see­ing heavy rain­fall on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, the cen­ter said.

The cen­ter has warned the prov­inces of Sichuan and He­bei, and Bei­jing to be alert to ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters, and cau­tioned the prov­inces of An­hui and Sichuan about flood­ing.

Stu­dents from Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, Min­nesota, in the United States learn Mon­go­lianstyle dance in Ho­hhot, cap­i­tal of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Tues­day. The stu­dents are at­tend­ing a week­long sum­mer camp to learn more about Chi­nese cul­ture and in­ter­act with their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts. Av­er­age rain­fall na­tion­wide in June, 13 per­cent higher than the month’s av­er­age level for the past 30 years

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