Searing heat set to resume cooking in China this week

Scorching summer heat waves are expected to return to large parts of China this week, through late August, the state meteorologist said, despite brief interludes of seasonal rains.

Temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius (102.2°F to 107.6°F) are expected in the southern region after July 20, including Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, it said on Sunday. China Meteorological Administration.

Despite some weekend respite for provinces such as Hebei, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou and Jiangxi, high temperatures elsewhere are expected to exceed 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 F).

The sweltering heat will last from July 16 to August 24 nationwide for an “extended period” of 40 days, down from the usual 30, the forecaster said on its website.

The so-called “sanfu”, or “three periods of lowering” during the Chinese summer refers to three annual 10-day periods between July and August, when temperatures and humidity peak.

But this year, the second phase is expected to last 20 days from July 26 to August 14, the forecaster said.

China has scorched average temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius (95F) for the past two weeks, leading to warped roads and more hospital visits due to heatstroke, sparking talk on social networks.

Heat waves have gripped several nations as raging wildfires sweep through parts of Europe. Temperatures on the west and southeast coasts of the United States regularly reached 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius (104°F to 113°F) for several days.

On Monday, the Hong Kong observatory again warned of very hot weather in the global financial hub.

Chinese forecasters said the number of cities with high temperatures has gradually increased over the past 30 years. Many experts attribute the persistent high temperatures to global climate change.