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A searing heat wave is continuing to scorch many parts of China. On Monday, Beijing recorded its highest temperature for the first 10 days of July, in 50 years.
The Chinese capital reported a peak thermometer reading of 40.6 degrees Celsius. The local meteorological bureau upgraded its alert level from yellow to orange, one step below the top notch. The National Meteorological Center says the sweltering weather will continue in northern China's Gansu, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Henan, Shandong, and Hebei provinces, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in the immediate future. Parts of those areas will see mercury levels rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
Tomorrow marks the "Minor Heat" period on the Chinese lunar calendar, a seasonal indicator which suggests that the summer heat may be about to become unbearable. Some videographers are even uploading clips to the Internet showing how they "grill" eggs on the scorching ground. Authorities have also issued public warnings about the dangers of heatstroke. Please do take care.
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