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China sees record rain, heat as weather turns fickle

BEIJING – From the snow-capped peaks of Tibet to the tropical island of Hainan, China is sweltering under its worst heatwave in decades, while rainfall hit records in June.

Extreme heat is also ravaging Japan, and unpredictable weather is causing problems in other parts of the world, which scientists say has all the hallmarks of climate change, with even more warming expected this century.

In the northeastern provinces of Shandong, Jilin and Liaoning, rainfall rose to the highest levels ever recorded in June, while the national average of 112.1 millimeters (4.4 inches) was 9.1% higher than the same month last year, the Chinese weather agency said in a report Tuesday.

The average temperature across the country also reached 21.3 degrees Celsius (70.34 Fahrenheit) in June, 0.9 C (1.8 F) higher than the same period last year and the highest since 1961. No improvement is in sight , with higher-than-usual temperatures and precipitation forecast across much of the country in July, the administration said.

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In northern Henan province, Xuchang reached 42.1°C (107.8°F) and Dengfeng 41.6°C (106.9°F) on June 24, marking the hottest days according to global extreme weather tracker Maximiliano Herrera since records began.

China has also experienced seasonal flooding in several parts of the country, causing misery for hundreds of thousands, particularly in the hard-hit south, which hits the bulk of the rainfall, as well as typhoons from the South China Sea.

China is not alone with higher temperatures and more volatile weather. In Japan authorities warned of an above-average load on the power grid and urged citizens to save energy.

Japanese officials announced the earliest end to the annual summer rainy season since the national weather agency began keeping records in 1951. The rains usually moderate the summer heat, often well into July.

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On Friday, the cities of Tokamachi and Tsunan set all-time heat records, while several other monthly marks broke.

Large parts of the northern hemisphere experienced extreme heat this summerwith regions from the normally cool Russian Arctic to the traditionally muggy American South experiencing unusually high temperatures and humidity.

In the United States, the National Weather Service has kept 30 million Americans under a heat warning of sorts amid record temperatures. The suffering and threat to health are most intense among people without air conditioning or who work outdoors, further exacerbating economic disparities in dealing with extreme weather trends.

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