|Visitors shield themselves from the sun with paper sheets in the Beijing Olympic Park on July 4, 2010.(Source: China Daily/Asianewsphoto)
BEIJING, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese meteorological authorities said Monday hot weather continues to scorch many parts of the country.
With temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, at least 16 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities are sweltering in summer heat, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said when issuing a level yellow heat alert.
The heatwave is affecting large parts of southern China, eastern Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces, northwestern Gansu Province, and north China's Beijing, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Shanxi Province, the NMC said in a bulletin on its website.
Temperatures might hit 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, it added.
In Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, lakes and rivers have turned green and red as algae blooms flourish in the hot weather.
The Xingqing Lake in Xingqing Palace Park has turned crimson.
"Red algae is thriving in the heat wave with pollutants flushed into the lake by rains in May," said park spokesman Liang Zibin.
A river surrounding the ancient city of Xi'an has turned green with algae and other water plants.