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Two-Day Heat Spell for Beijing

July 23, 2013; 2:03 AM

An unusually warm July in Beijing is about to get a little hotter as temperatures are projected to soar to around 37-38°C (100°F) on Wednesday.

Thursday will remain unseasonably warm but is not expected to be as hot as Wednesday as temperatures top out around 34-35°C (93-95°F).

The heat and poor air quality in the region will make spending long periods of time outdoors problematic for some folks, especially the very young and elderly.

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Beijing's highest temperature of the year so far came on July 4 when the high peaked at 37.5°C (100°F). While temperatures in the upper 30s (near 100) are unusually hot, it is not unprecedented for Beijing to hit or flirt with 100°F at least once or twice on any given year. Their hottest temperature over the last 20 years occurred on July 24, 1999, when the high climbed to 42.2°C (108°F).

The two-day heat snap is due to a ridge of high pressure building into Beijing and the surrounding Provinces of Tianjin, Hebei and Shanxi.

A disturbance will bring clouds and the threat for some rain and thunderstorms on Friday, which will cool temperatures down to near or even a couple of degrees below average for latter July (average for Beijing is 30.6°C, or 88°F).

Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.

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