They're Not Using Umbrellas in Beijing Because of Rain

They're shielding themselves from extreme heat, with temps in north China reaching triple digits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2023 11:30 AM CDT
They're Not Using Umbrellas in Beijing Because of Rain
People use an umbrella to shield themselves from the sun as they walk along a street on an unseasonably hot day in Beijing on Saturday. Authorities continued a rare "red" alert for high temperatures in parts of China's capital on Saturday, the highest level of warning, as highs were once again expected...   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Beijing and parts of northern China are experiencing record temperatures, with authorities urging people to limit their time outdoors. The Nanjiao observatory in southern Beijing on Saturday for the first time recorded temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit for a third consecutive day, according to the China Meteorological Administration. In nearby Hebei province and the port city of Tianjin, temperatures have also soared above 104 degrees over the past few days, prompting authorities to issue "red" alerts for extreme weather. In China's four-tier weather alert system, the red alert indicates the most severe conditions, per the AP.

On Thursday, Beijing experienced its second-hottest day on record, with temperatures soaring to 106 degrees. It was also the highest temperature ever recorded in China's capital during the month of June. Beijing's all-time high of 107 degrees, since modern records began, occurred on July 24, 1999. Chinese meteorologists say the current heat wave has been caused by warm air masses associated with high-pressure ridges in the atmosphere and compounded by thin cloud covers and long daylight hours around the summer solstice.

Other countries in Asia have experienced deadly heat waves in recent weeks, which scientists say are aggravated by rising global temperatures, caused partly by the burning of fossil fuels. In China, the heat wave has coincided with a three-day public holiday, the Dragon Boat Festival, devoted to eating rice dumplings and racing boats propelled by teams of paddlers. Beijing's weather authorities urged residents to avoid exercising outdoors for long periods and to take measures to shield from the sun. Temperatures in the capital are expected to drop to around a relatively milder 93 degrees on Monday before rising again later next week.

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