On Thursday, the scorching heat wave in Beijing broke numerous records, prompting the Chinese capital to elevate its hot weather alert to the highest level.
Amidst an orange heatwave alert, people brave scorching temperatures while walking the streets of Beijing, China. (Photo: Reuters)
On Friday, Beijing raised its hot weather alert to the highest level, issuing a ‘red’ warning as the intensity of the heat wave grew. The Chinese capital, with its vast population, braced for scorching temperatures that were forecasted to reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
The previous day had witnessed a new record for June as the mercury soared past 41 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature reading was recorded by a weather station in the southern suburbs, which serves as Beijing’s primary gauge, reaching 41.1 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.
This surpassed the previous June record set on June 10, 1961, at 40.6 degrees Celsius. Although Thursday’s maximum temperature was the second-highest in the city’s history, it narrowly missed the all-time record set on July 24, 1999, when Beijing reached a scorching 41.9 degrees Celsius.
China’s four-tier weather warning system has been employed, with a red alert issued as the most severe category, indicating temperatures surpassing 40 degrees Celsius within 24 hours.
On Thursday, the China Meteorological Administration announced that high temperatures would persist in the northern regions of the country for the next eight to ten days.
Monitoring and warnings for high temperatures were issued for several locations, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, and Inner Mongolia. Tianjin, a populous port city in northern China, witnessed extreme heat on Thursday, breaking local records with temperatures reaching 41.2 degrees Celsius.
Local authorities expressed concerns about the potential health risks associated with prolonged high temperatures, emphasizing an increased likelihood of heat-related illnesses such as strokes.
They advised residents to consume a minimum of 1.5 liters of water daily and restrict outdoor activities to mitigate the impact of the scorching weather.