Prolonged High Temperatures Hit South China
From July high temperatures have been continuing in most parts of South China, and the high-temperature situation is expected to be more severe in the coming days. The China Central Meteorological Station has continuously published a high-temperature orange warning for the last 14 days.
High Temperature Weather Warnings
According to the high temperature warning that released at 6:00 this morning (on August 8), most parts of South China will continue to sustain high temperatures above 35°C. Some areas within Jiangnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Chongqing, and South Xinjiang will experience continuing temperatures of 37–39°C. 11 provinces and municipalities, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, and Chongqing will see daily highs over 41°C.
Meanwhile, rainstorms are forecast to hit Sichuan, Yunnan, and north China. The average rainfall in Yunnan is expected to be around 100–130 millimeters, 60% of the average for this time of the year in Kunming.
Due to the continuous high temperatures, a severe drought has been building since mid-June. Over 4 million people in about 13 provinces and municipalities, including Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, and Chongqing are suffering from the drought and in need of aid.
Avoid Hot Weather Discomfort and Travel with China Highlights
China's Central Meteorological Station states that the high-temperature situation may not abate until August 12.
If you are planning to have a tour in south China, China Highlights suggests that you avoid the highest-temperature period.