Met department today mentioned that China is witnessing the hottest summer this year since 1961 with the average temperature reaching 22 degrees Celsius.
The department said a total of 55 weather monitoring stations posted record high daily temperatures.
Compared to normal years, the national average reading from June to August 26 was one degree higher, while the summer high temperatures lasted longer, covered more areas and came along with more extreme weather this year, Zhang Zuqiang, Director of the emergency relief and public service department of the China Meteorological Administration, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
In August, China’s national average temperature reached 22.2 degrees Celsius, 1.2 degrees higher than normal years. Some 93 weather stations reported extreme high temperatures mostly in Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Hubei and Shandong.