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China hit by searing temperatures as Asia braces for extreme summer – Times of India

BEIJING: Temperatures are hitting record highs in parts of north and central China this week while a severe drought in the east is also threatening crops, as countries across Asia brace themselves for another summer of extreme weather.China is facing several days of scorching heat, with temperatures set to reach as high as 42 degrees Celsius (107.6°F) in northern Hebei province on Wednesday, the state weather forecaster said.The National Meteorological Centre (NMC) also warned late on Tuesday of the impact of soaring temperatures on energy supplies, crop production and people's health.China has experienced unusually warm weather for much of the year, with average temperatures from March to May at their highest since records began in 1961, according to official data.More than 20 weather ...
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Heat wave grips Southwest US as records tumble, more triple-digit temperatures forecast – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first major heat wave of the year has gripped the US Southwest, bringing record-breaking temperatures and excessive heat warnings across the region. On Friday, temperatures continued to soar past 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) from California to Arizona, following a day of unprecedented heat.Although summer is still two weeks away, about half of Arizona and Nevada were under an excessive heat alert, which the National Weather Service extended through Friday evening.In Las Vegas, where it has never been this hot so early in the year, the alert was extended through Saturday.Temperatures are expected to gradually decrease over the weekend but will remain above average into early next week.Las Vegas set a new record of 111 F (43.8 C) on Thursday, matching the ear...