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Hot weather brings wave of health problems

By Wang Qian and Shi Yingying (China Daily)

08:08, July 04, 2013

Tourists feel the heat in Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, on Wednesday when a temperature of 36 C was recorded at noon, a record-high since the start of summer, according to the city's weather forecasters. (China Daily/Zou Hong)

Scorching heat has persisted in northern and eastern parts of China since Monday, driving up the number of emergency calls and sending hundreds of people to hospital with heat-related illness.

Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing as well as cities in Hebei, Henan, Shandong and Jiangxi provinces have issued heat wave warnings, with temperatures soaring to 40 C in many areas on Wednesday.

"The heat wave is expected to move toward the south, with rainfall coming around Friday in the north, cooling down the hot weather," said He Lifu, chief forecaster of the National Meteorological Center.

"Children, the elderly and the infirm are advised to stay indoors due to the soaring temperatures," He said.

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