Temperatures in Beijing, Tianjin and the neighboring Hebei province on Thursday soared to around 40 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature recorded in May since 1951, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday, citing the capital’s meteorological authorities.
The capital city and Hebei upgraded their temperature warning to red at 1 pm Thursday. The red warning calls for power suppliers and fire departments to be on the alert, outdoor work and activities to be halted and classes to be suspended at all schools.
It was also pretty hot in other regions, such as Shandong, Henan and Yunnan. Two people died due to heat stroke in Yunnan’s Yuanyang County, where temperatures had been hovering over 40 degrees Celsius for more than 10 days.
Meanwhile, a few cars in Beijing and Hebei were said to have suffered spontaneous combustion. In Weihai city in Shandong province, scorching heat caused a big fire near the Xianguding hill on Thursday.
The heatwave is expected to continue through the weekend.
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