Heat Wave Scorching Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul Through The Weekend

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 1, 2014; 3:28 AM ET
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A building ridge of high pressure will continue to provide dry weather across northern China through the weekend, allowing temperatures to soar to near record levels.

High temperatures will average 5-10 C (10-20 F) above normal across much of northern and eastern China, including the major cities of Shanghai and Beijing.

Following a cooler weekend, temperatures rebounded to around 35 C (95 F) in Beijing on Monday. Temperatures peaked around (90 F) on Tuesday while gusty winds produced blowing dust at times throughout the day.

Temperatures soared even higher on Wednesday with highs reaching near 38 C (100 F) across the Beijing area.

The hottest day of the week was Thursday as temperatures approached the highest ever recorded in Beijing. The temperature peaked at 42 C (108 F) in some parts of the city. This is the first time the temperature has reached 40 C (104 F) in Beijing since July of 2010.

Overlooking Beijing on a warm day, courtesy of Thinkstock.

For the entire year of 2013, Beijing reached 38 C (100 F) only twice. That total is expected to be reached this week alone, with the normally hottest months of the year still to come.

Although Thursday was the peak of the heat, daily high temperatures ranged between 35 and 39 C (95 and 102 F) on Friday and dropped to 33 to 36 C (91 and 97 F) Saturday.

The heat will relax some on Sunday and Monday, but temperatures will still reach 29-35 C (84-95 F) across the city.

The cooling will be caused by an upper-level trough that will also bring more clouds and even the chance for a spotty shower or thunderstorm either day.

While Beijing will feel some relief from the heat, temperatures will continue to soar 7-10 degrees above normal farther to the northeast in Changchun and Harbin through at least the middle of next week.

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In Shanghai, the heat arrived on Monday and Tuesday as temperatures reached near 32 C (90 F) both days. Temperatures continued to average 31-34 C (88-93 F) across the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

The final day of the heat wave was Friday as temperatures again approach 32 C (90 F).

A wave of low pressure will approach by Saturday, bringing more clouds and cooler air. A soaking rain is expected from Saturday night into Sunday night. The rain could be heavy enough to produce some flash flooding around the city.

Although the core of the heat will remain over eastern China, temperatures will also soar across the Korean Peninsula into next week.

In Seoul, daily high temperatures will range from 28-31 C (83-88 F). This magnitude of heat is not typically expected until late in July and early August, which is normally the hottest time of the year.

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