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Wuhan is still a hot place to live, residents say

By Liu Kun in Wuhan | | Updated: 2013-07-17 15:58

Wuhan is a hot place, literally.

Known as one of the traditional "Four Furnaces" in China, the city ranks seventh on the latest list of hot cities, in terms of temperature.

The top hot spots on the list, compiled by the China Meteorological Administration's National Climate Center this year, are Fuzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Haikou.

"Being pregnant, I'm particularly concerned about the weather. Actually, Wuhan is cooler than in previous years," said Cai Fukun, 32, an engineer who is seven months pregnant.

“I remember my student days and during the summer the university radio would give us the humidity reading, about 80 to 90 percent every day. Now, when I check on my cellphone, it's often around 60 percent.”

"My father-in-law also said Wuhan has been getting cooler," She said.

But Guo Xinghan, a student from Shandong province studying Chinese language and literature at Wuhan University, has a different view after spending her first summer in the city.

"My dorm room doesn't have an air conditioner so I use four or five electric fans during the night. All my roommates have gone home, and I'm the only one who has to put up with the weather because I have to finish my internship here. It is so hot in the city that I have lost my appetite and energy."

While Gu Yi, a native of Wuhan and an English language and literature student at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, can compare the two cities.

"Summer in Wuhan and Hangzhou during the day is the same to me, but during the night, Hangzhou is a little bit cooler. When I was a kid, I remember unbearably hot days. It's said that Wuhan has dropped to the seventh-hottest city? I don't think so."

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