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Heavy rains forecast to continue in Beijing

07-21-2012 22:52 BJT

BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- China's top meteorological authority said that rainstorms are expected to continue into the night in the Chinese capital after heavy rains started thrashing the city around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Precipitation in most parts of the city is expected to reach 40 to 80 mm. The eastern part of the city is expected to see the heaviest rainfall, with precipitation expected to reach as high as 100 mm, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Thunder and lightning will occur in some areas, according to the NMC.

The city's meteorological authority also issued an emergency response in the afternoon for the heavy rains, warning residents and flood control authorities to take precautions against heavy rains, flooding and mudslides.

The NMC said the rain will end in most areas of the city by Sunday morning.

Rainstorms also hit most parts of north China Saturday. The NMC warned that Shanxi, Hebei and Shandong provinces, as well as Tianjin municipality in the north, Jilin, Liaoning, and Heilongjiang provinces in the northeast and Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality in the southwest, will also experience heavy rains over the next 24 hours.

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Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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