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Heat Wave Bakes Central, North China
   2015-07-14 20:20:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: zhang

Temperatures in many places in central and northern China exceed 40 degrees Celsius on July 13, 2015. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

 

An intense heatwave has baked swathes of central and northern China with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Chief forecaster of National Meteorological Center Ma Xuekuan says the current heatwave has been the most widespread of the year.

"The heatwave is powerful over north China to the Huai River valley, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius in some areas. It covers large areas of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan and Shandong. So it has been the most powerful heatwave since this year in terms of its intensity and sheer coverage."

The heatwave has worsened the ongoing drought conditions in northern China.

More than 470,000 square kilometers of land have been affected by hot and dry weather.

The heatwave is expected to come to an end on Wednesday.

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