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Scorching heat expected to resume baking China this week

Scorching heat expected to resume baking China this week

A woman wearing a face mask holds an umbrella on a street amid a heatwave warning, following the COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai, China on Jul 13, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

BEIJING: Searing summer heat waves are expected to return this week across large parts of China, lasting through late August, the state weather forecaster said, despite brief interludes of seasonal rain.

Temperatures from 39 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius are expected in the southern region after Wednesday (Jul 20), including the provinces of Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian, the China Meterological Administration said on Sunday.

Despite some weekend respite for provinces such as Hebei, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou and Jiangxi, maximum temperatures elsewhere are expected to hover over 37 degrees Celsius.

The sweltering heat will last from Jul 16 to Aug 24 nationwide for an "extended period" of 40 days, up from the usual 30, the forecaster said on its website.

A man wearing a face mask pulls a cart on a street amid a heatwave warning in Shanghai, China on Jul 13, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)
Residents spend their time in an air-raid shelter to escape summer heat amid a heatwave warning in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China on Jul 12, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/China Daily)

The so-called "sanfu", or "three periods of laying low" during China's summer refers to three annual 10-day stretches between July and August when temperatures and humidity peak.

But this year, the second phase is expected to run for 20 days from Jul 26 to Aug 14, the forecaster said.

China has broiled in average temperatures of about 35 degrees Celsius for the past two weeks, bringing buckled roads and more hospital visits because of heat stroke, sparking discussion on social media.

Heat waves have gripped several nations as raging forest fires sweep parts of Europe. Temperatures on the US west and southeast coasts have regularly hit 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius for several days.

On Monday, the Hong Kong observatory again warned of very hot weather in the global financial hub.

Chinese forecasters said the number of cities with high temperatures has gradually increased over the past 30 years. Many experts blame persistent high temperatures on global climate change.

Source: Reuters/rj

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