Heat blis­ters nor­mally cool North­east

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY Liang Shuang con­trib­uted to this story.

The In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion and provinces in North­east China, which are fa­vorite tourist des­ti­na­tions for es­cap­ing sum­mer heat, ex­pe­ri­enced an un­usual heat wave, with tem­per­a­tures of more than 40 C for the past two days.

But the heat is ex­pected to ease start­ing from Fri­day, af­ter a lit­tle rain.

Tem­per­a­tures in In­ner Mon­go­lia’s Hu­lun­buir hit a record high of 44.1 C on Wed­nes­day. Dozens of peo­ple sought med­i­cal as­sis­tance for heat­stroke. The pre­vi­ous record in the city, nick­named “China’s cold pole”, was 42.5 C.

“The lo­cals are ex­pe­ri­enced at deal­ing with ex­treme cold, but not the heat,” said Ren Dong­wei, an emer­gency doc­tor at the city’s Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal. “This lack of aware­ness may eas­ily lead to heat­stroke.”

In Harbin, the cap­i­tal of Hei­longjiang prov­ince — of­ten tagged as “ice city” — the tem­per­a­ture hit 33.7 C on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter, the rare heat wave is the re­sult of a con­ti­nen­tal high-pres­sure zone that con­trols the area.

The dry air makes the tem­per­a­ture soar rapidly dur­ing the day­time, al­though it drops off swiftly again af­ter sun­set.

In­ner Mon­go­lia, es­pe­cially Hu­lun­buir, has had a run of hot, dry weather over nearly two months, lead­ing to droughts and lo­cust in­fes­ta­tions.

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