Heat wave re­turn­ing af­ter brief re­prieve from rain-bear­ing ty­phoons

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

Af­ter a typhoon pro­vided a short break from a per­sis­tent heat wave in July, sultr y weather will re­turn to large swathes of China through the week­end, ac­cord­ing to na­tional weather au­thor­i­ties.

“China has had the hottest July since 1961, and it will see the heat con­tinue in south­ern and eastern re­gions in early Au­gust,” China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion spokesman Zhang Zuqiang said on Thurs­day.

Tem­per­a­tures rose above 35 C on Thurs­day in Shang­hai and Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov- ince, and the heat will spread to the east and south, which baked for over two weeks in July.

The heat will hit ar­eas in­clud­ing Shang­hai and Chongqing, and the prov­inces of Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu, Fu­jian and Guang­dong, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said. Chongqing has hit 35 C or higher for 12 days in a row — with three more hot days fore­cast.

“The heat in th­ese re­gions will last to Aug 7, when cold air will break the hot spell,” Zhang said.

Typhoon Hai­tang, the 10th typhoon this year, made land­fall on Mon­day in Fu­jian and brought tor­ren­tial rain and gusts, end­ing the heat wave that had per­sisted in the eastern and south­ern re­gions since July 11, he said.

Though the ty­phoons have faded, their in­flu­ence has con­tin­ued to bring heavy rain­fall to north­ern and north­east­ern re­gions since Wed­nes­day, said Xu Yin­g­long, chief fore­caster of the Cen­tral Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

Fang­shan district in Bei­jing is­sued a red alert, the high­est level, for tor­ren­tial rains on Wed­nes­day night, which in­un­dated some streets and ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing gov­ern­ment.

Be­cause of the in­flu­ence of ty­phoons, Liaon­ing prov­ince was fore­cast to have its strong­est rain­fall this year, which is ex­pected to stop on Fri­day, the cen­ter said.

Neigh­bor­ing Jilin prov­ince has also had tor­ren­tial rains since Wed­nes­day, rais­ing wa­ter lev­els in 13 reser­voirs to their up­per lim­its, it added.

The cen­ter is­sued warn­ings on the con­tin­ued rain­fall and risks of flood­ing.

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