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It’s still summer, say meteorologists

By Liu Meng (Global Times)

08:11, August 29, 2012

Despite the somewhat cooler temperatures of late August, autumn will not arrive earlier than usual, meteorological experts said Tuesday.

Autumn started Sunday in the capital's northwestern mountainous regions, but the rest of the city is yet to follow suit, according to China Weather TV's website Monday.

Generally, Beijing enters autumn on September 5. Last year, it was on September 8, said the website.

The first of the five consecutive days whose average daily temperature is between 10 and 22 C is regarded as autumn, said Zhang Mingying, from the Beijing Meteorological Bureau.

The northwestern regions of Beijing are at a higher altitude. Lingshan Mountain in Mentougou district, 122 kilometers from the downtown, is more than 2,000 meters high, Zhang said.

"The temperature there is always 5 or 6 C lower than the other parts of the city, but it will not hasten the pace of autumn," he noted.

Sun Liangyu, 28, a resident in Beijing, said she felt this summer was cooler than last year.

"I used my summer sleeping mat in mid-July last year, but this year I haven't considered using it," she told the Global Times.

Zhang said that the relatively cool weather this year was caused by the rainy weather, which lowers temperatures, and cloudy conditions decrease radiation from the sun.

"But the weather conditions in summer have no influence on the autumn," he noted.

People can easily feel fatigued in the autumn. The Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine suggested on its Sina microblog on August 17 that people sleep one more hour than in summer and do more exercise to reduce tiredness.

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