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Rain set to break heatwave in China: NMC

07-08-2010 12:00 BJT Special Report:China Battles Heat Wave |

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains are set to break the heatwave lingering across much of China Thursday, according to a forecast from China's National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Visitors from Hebei Province walk at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, July 5, 2010. Chinese meteorological authority said Monday hot weather continues to scorch many parts of the country. The highest temperature of Beijing reached 40.3 degrees Celsius on Monday.(Xinhua/Gao Xueyu)
Visitors from Hebei Province walk at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of 
China, July 5, 2010. Chinese meteorological authority said Monday hot weather 
continues to scorch many parts of the country. The highest temperature of 
Beijing reached 40.3 degrees Celsius on Monday.(Xinhua/Gao Xueyu)

Rains will hit areas near the Yangtze River and the Yellow River as well as northeast China, affecting Chongqing, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, northern Fujian, northern Jiangxi, northern Hunan, Hubei, northern Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Jilin and southeast Tibet.

The NMC issued a yellow-level heat alert for Thursday, warning that heatwave would continue affecting the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with maximum temperatures ranging from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius.

China has a four-color heat warning system: red, orange, yellow and blue. Red is the most serious level.

Under a yellow alert, people are advised to reduce outdoor activities in the afternoon and employers are asked to take measures to protect staff working outdoors from heatstroke.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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