Scorching heat predicted to continue in south China

08:31, July 07, 2011      

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A man uses his straw hat as a sunshade in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, July 6, 2011. The highest temperature of Changsha reached 37 degrees Centigrade on Wednesday and the local meteorological authority issued an alarm against high temperature. (Xinhua/Long Hongtao)

China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Wednesday that high temperatures will continue to plague the country's southern regions over the next few days, while rainstorms are expected to sweep southwest China.

The center continued its high temperature alert on Wednesday, citing a persistent heat wave that has lasted for five days in south China.

Temperatures in some parts of Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Guizhou, Hubei, Anhui and Fujian provinces, as well as Chongqing municipality, will reach 35 to 37 degrees Celsius, the NMC said in a statement on its website.

Some of these regions may even experience temperatures as high as 38 to 39 degrees Celsius, the statement said.

Torrential rains are forecasted to pelt parts of the Sichuan Basin, as well as the provinces of Shaanxi, Henan, Shandong and Hubei, over the next few days.

The NMC recommended that authorities in these regions should take action to prevent rain-triggered natural disasters such as floods and landslides.

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