By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 29,2017, 8:16:25AM,EDT
April-like temperatures and heavy rain last week have been replaced by uncomfortable heat and humidity across Beijing and northeastern China this week.
Temperatures will soar into the middle to upper 30s C (middle to upper 90s F) across Beijing and Tianjin through at least Saturday.
While a high of 31 C (88 F) is more common this time of year, the heat will especially be noticed by residents compared to the cool and wet days late last week.
A slow-moving storm system held highs to 22 C (72 F) on Thursday and Friday as 103 mm (4.07 inches) of rain poured down.
Normal rainfall for the entire month of June in Beijing is only 79 mm (3.10 inches).
High pressure settling over the Yellow Sea into this weekend will pump hot, humid air throughout northeastern China.
The heat arrived earlier this week as the temperature reached 35 C (95 F) in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday. The hottest weather conditions will occur in Beijing on Friday and Saturday when temperatures will approach 37 C (99 F).
Afternoon sunshine and elevated humidity will make it feel even hotter. Anyone outside should seek shade and stay hydrated to avoid any heat-related illnesses.
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There could be isolated thunderstorms that fire up each afternoon across the provinces of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Shanxi. However, most places are expected to remain dry, hot and muggy.
The air quality will suffer due to the heat expected this week. It will be very poor at times, especially during the afternoon.
Temperatures could fall back closer to normal levels by the middle of next week; however, no lasting relief from the heat is expected next week.