China renews orange alert for high temperatures

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Beijing, July 23 (IANS) China’s meteorological department on Saturday renewed its orange alert for high temperatures in southern and western regions, with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.

A heat wave will sweep across most of areas along the Yangtze, Yellow and Huaihe rivers, regions to the south of the Yangtze, parts of the Xinjiang Uygur region, and the southwestern Sichuan basin, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.

The central and eastern parts of regions to the south of the Yangtze, areas along the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers and Chongqing municipality in the southwest would probably see temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, Xinhua news agency quoted the centre as saying.

China has a four-colour-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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