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Relief from heat on the way in Beijing

07-08-2010 08:14 BJT Special Report:China Battles Heat Wave |

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Beijing is finally getting some relief from the continuous hot weather. However, there are still large areas of the country that will have to endure extremely high temperatures. The National Meteorological Observatory says the hot weather will continue in most part of China for the next few days.

The extreme high temperatures of the past few days had people trying everything they could to stay out of the sun -- but it seemed to be impossible.

A Beijing resident said, It's like the city being on fire.

A citizen said, It's too hot. My cellphone screen is black out due to the hot weather.

Tangshan, Hebei Province, was also sweltering. Temperatures in most of the city passed 37 degrees. In order to prevent sunstroke, many parents took their children to the pool.

A children said, I feel cool in the water, I like it.

Jinan, Shandong Province, was not spared from the heat wave. The ground temperature passed a sweltering 50 degrees. The local government set up 150 sprinklers to cool to the ground.

Taiwan is also suffering through a heat wave. People using umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun can be seen everywhere. As people turned on air conditioners and plugged in fans, electricity consumption in Taiwan reached 33 million kilowatt per hour -- a record high.

But despite the heat, it's still work as usual for most people.

Lao Gao works at Jinan Railway station supplying water for the trains that pass by. His work becomes more important as the temperature rises.

However, the high air temperature and the heat of the trains made Lao Gao's work unbearable.

Lao Gao, Water Delivery Operator, said, When it is busy, on both sides of me trains are operating. It is super hot to work between them. And now most trains have a-c, which makes the trains much hotter. My face will sting from the heat when filling water.

Lao Gao says trains and tourists need more water than usual in such hot weather. Though his work increases, he's satisfied by his role in helping keep the trains and their passengers provided with plenty of water.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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