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Central China province to see extreme heat


Updated: 2013-08-08

Extremely hot weather is expected to hit Central China's Hubei province Thursday, local meteorological authorities said.

The meteorological observatory of the provincial capital Wuhan issued its first red alert this year for high temperatures on Wednesday.

It predicted that most parts of the province will see temperatures greater than 37 Celsius, while the four cities of Huangshi, Xianning, Huanggang, and Ezhou will likely see temperatures higher than 40 Celsius.

The Hubei Provincial Meteorological Bureau has launched an emergency response to the extreme weather.

Hot weather has been lingering in Central China since July, causing drinking water shortages and affecting agricultural output.

China uses a three-tier color-coded warning system for high temperatures, with red representing the hottest weather, followed by orange and yellow.