Beijing issues highest heat alert

BEIJING, July 6 (BNA): Beijing on Thursday issued a red alert for high temperatures, the highest in its color-coded warning system, as temperatures in most parts of the city are expected to rise above 40C.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, this is the second high temperature red alert issued by the national capital this summer.

He Na, chief meteorologist with the municipal meteorological observatory, said the temperature at Nanjiao Meteorological Station in southern Beijing rose to 40.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The station recorded 18 days with temperatures of 35 °C or higher, and four days with temperatures of 40 °C or higher between June and July 5, both the highest recorded for the same period since the station was established in 1951.

The city will continue to bake at high temperatures from Thursday to Friday, according to forecasts.

The Meteorological Department has advised residents to reduce outdoor activities and take measures to prevent heatstroke and sunburn when going out.

Since June, the northern regions and other parts of China have experienced five rounds of heat waves, with daily maximum temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius or higher, and many places in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region have broken historical records.


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