By CCTV reporter Su Yuting
China continues to face extreme weather, with heavy rain battering northern parts of the country, while the south is still in the grip of a heatwave. The severe weather is taking its toll. Dozens of people have died due to flood or heat-related causes in recent weeks.
Torrential rain battered Beijing on Sunday afternoon. Disrupting traffic and causing vehicle breakdowns.
People walk in the flood water near a subway station in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 11, 2013. Beijing was hit by a heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon. The local meteorologic center issued a yellow alert for rainstorm. (Xinhua/Li Jiaming)
Beijing is not alone, many other parts of the country, including the northeast and southwest continue to be inundated with heavy rainfall.
Last month, at least 44 people died in severe flooding and thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rainfall in areas including Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, in the south-west. In Heilongjiang, in the north-east, workers have increased flood protection measures after weeks of heavy rain.
While some areas have endured downpours, others are struggling to cope with the lack of rain and the drying up of water sources. Weather forecasters have issued the highest heat alert for the 19th consecutive day.
Some eastern regions experienced record high temperatures on Monday.
Already temperatures in five cities and counties in Anhui province have soared over 40 degrees Celsius, with the city of Ma-an-shan hitting 41, the hottest in the country.
A toll collector shields herself from the hot sun as working at the parking lot in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 9, 2013. Continuous heat waves have lingered in the city, with the highest temperature reaching above 41 degrees Celsius in these four days. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)
Zhejiang, Anhui provinces and Shanghai municipality have seen record heat this year, with Shanghai experiencing a 140-year high of 41.2 degrees Celsius.
The heatwave has taken its toll. Dozens of people have died from heat-related causes in recent weeks. The smouldering heat has also killed crops and fish.
But the aggressive hot weather could be coming to an end.
"Temperatures across the south are expected to drop in the middle of August, but could remain above 35 degrees Celsius in some areas. After August 14th, the intensity of the heatwave will weaken in most of the south of China," said Zhang Fanghua, chief forecaster of China Meteorological Administration.
But before that, heading for the swimming pool or taking refuge in the shade still remain popular options to escape the scorching sun and searing heat.