Beijing raises hot-weather warning to maximum amid heatwave

Beijing, June 23 (EFE).- Beijing authorities raised its hot-weather warning to its highest on Friday, a day after the capital recorded its second-highest temperature since records began with 41.1 degrees Celsius.

Amid the heatwave, Beijing hiked its alert for high temperatures from orange to the maximum red on its traffic-light system, as did other provinces in the north of the country such as Hebei, where in several cities the thermometer is expected to reach 42C.

Thursday’s figure, which also set a record for the month of June, was recorded by the Nanjiao station, in the south of Beijing, and has only been surpassed by the 41.9C reached on Jul. 24, 1999, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Countrywide, 17 stations reported record temperatures on Thursday, according to the National Meteorological Center.

The institution anticipates that the heatwave will continue for at least two more days, and has asked residents to limit outdoor activities and take extreme precautions, especially those working outside.

China has a color-coded weather warning system for high temperatures, with red the most serious warning, followed by orange and yellow.

The heatwave coincides with a three-day holiday for the Dragon Boat Festival, which is celebrated each year in mainland China and Hong Kong with hundreds of rowing races.

The temperatures have not, however, daunted residents, which after the end of the country’s hardline pandemic restrictions have embraced days off. EFE


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