Beijing’s climate has always been known for its variability, but this summer it has outdone itself. On Thursday, June 21, temperatures in the Chinese capital surpassed 41 degrees Celsius, making it the highest ever recorded in June. Residents of Beijing faced violent heat waves that led to numerous problems in the city.
Record-breaking heat wave
A weather station in Beijing’s southern suburbs recorded a temperature of 41.1 degrees Celsius around 3 p.m. At the same time, the temperature rose to 41.8 degrees Celsius in the northeastern suburbs of the capital. The previous high for the first month of summer was recorded on June 10, 1961, when the mercury column reached a mark of 40.6 degrees Celsius. Beijing has issued an orange alert, which means temperatures could reach 39 degrees Celsius in the coming days.
The consequences of the heat wave
The heat wave has led to many problems in China’s capital city. Many residents in the capital began complaining about power outages after last June’s power outages. Last year in mid-June, when it was just as hot, the power was cut off because everyone turned on their air conditioners at lunchtime. The entire city was de-energized then. Experts warn that a repeat of this situation could lead to serious consequences for Beijing residents.
Residents of the capital began to look for ways to protect themselves from the heat, escaping in public fountains and the shade of large umbrellas. Tourists are also trying to find ways to maintain their health and comfort in the hot weather.
Causes of the heat wave
The heat in Beijing is caused by several factors. One of them is the El Niño climate phenomenon, which causes the air temperature to rise. Another reason is global warming, which causes climate change around the world. Experts warn that if global warming is not stopped, China will face increasingly severe and prolonged heat waves.
The heat wave in Beijing is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Residents of the capital should take measures to protect themselves from the heat and preserve their health. In addition, measures should be taken to combat global warming in order to avoid the recurrence of such situations in the future.