East swel­ters while rains lash south

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

The heat wave has raged on in east­ern China over the past two weeks, with Shang­hai swel­ter­ing un­der a record high, while the south­ern coastal re­gions have been lashed by ty­phoondriven rains and gales, the Cen­tral Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter said on Sun­day.

Shang­hai con­tin­ued to is­sue an or­ange alert, the se­cond high­est of four lev­els, amid the per­sis­tent heat wave on Sun­day morn­ing. It was the 12th con­sec­u­tive day of the alert, which could again reach the red level, the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter said.

On Fri­day, Shang­hai, China’s most pop­u­lous city, wilted in heat reach­ing a 145year record of 40.9 C, the weather cen­ter said. It had is­sued this year’s first red alert on Fri­day.

“New record highs have been set in many other cities, too, like Chang­shu and Changzhou in Jiangsu prov­ince, where tem­per­a­tures stood at 40 to 41 C on Satur­day,” Cen­tral Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter chief fore­caster Chen Shuang said on Sun­day.

Records are ex­pected to be bro­ken again on Mon­day and Tues­day, when tem­per­a­tures in Shang­hai and neigh­bor­ing prov­inces are fore­cast to reach 41 C.

Lin­ger­ing sub­trop­i­cal high and hot winds are to blame, Chen said, and Shang­hai and vast east­ern re­gions will con­tinue to swel­ter till the end of the month, when the sub­trop­i­cal belt is fore­cast to weaken and the weather to shift.

The Cen­tral Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter has is­sued heat wave alerts for 17 con­sec­u­tive days, and on Satur­day an area of up to 1.84 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters saw tem­per­a­tures higher than 35 C.

Many Shang­hai res­i­dents have trav­eled to north­ern, cooler climes for re­lief.

Short-term book­ings at Spring Air­lines, head­quar­tered in Shang­hai, were 10 per­cent higher last week than the week be­fore. Pas­sen­gers headed mainly to south­west­ern cities like Kun­ming, Yun­nan prov­ince, or to north­east­ern cities.

“The travel peak is al­ways in sum­mer, but Shang­hai’s lin­ger­ing heat has mo­ti­vated more pas­sen­gers to go away,” said air­line spokesman Zhang Wu’an on Sun­day.

Author­i­ties in east­ern ar­eas have sug­gested that res­i­dents, es­pe­cially chil­dren, the el­derly and the in­firm, avoid stay­ing out­doors for pro­longed pe­ri­ods. They sug­gested work­ers should re­ceive heat sub­si­dies.

By con­trast, the south­ern coastal prov­inces of Guang­dong and Hainan have been hit by typhoon-driven rains, gales and floods.

One typhoon made land­fall on Sun­day morn­ing, and the in­flu­ence will last through Tues­day, Zhang Ling, chief fore­caster of the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said on Sun­day.

Since Fri­day morn­ing, four ty­phoons formed within 34 hours in China’s south­ern seas, in­di­cat­ing the start of the ac­tive pe­riod of typhoon this year, she said, adding that the south­ern re­gions need to pre­pare for the ty­phoons in the com­ing months.

The travel peak is al­ways in sum­mer, but Shang­hai’s lin­ger­ing heat has mo­ti­vated more pas­sen­gers to go away.” Zhang Wu’an, spokesman for Spring Air­lines

Cang Wei in Nan­jing con­trib­uted to this story


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