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Torrential rain ends a scorching week in Beijing

A DOWNPOUR cooled the capital yesterday after a week of sauna-like weather, with the daily high temperature dropping to 25 degrees Celsius, the Beijing Meteorological Station said.

Zhang Mingying, a senior engineer at the station, said the rainfall was the longest and most extensive of its kind in Beijing since the city entered the summer season in May.

The Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications said the rain and an accident on the No. 1 Subway Line caused transport problems in the morning.

Operations were suspended on the No. 1 Line and Batong Line after someone jumped onto the tracks of the No. 1 Line subway at 8:25am, said the Beijing Subway Company. Some 1,000 people were stranded at the Sihui East Station on the No. 1 Line.

The weather station forecast a clear day today with the daily high temperature rising to 33 degrees Celsius.

Beijing's annual flood season usually starts on July 20 and ends on August 10.

Wang Yi, chief engineer of the Beijing Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said: "Beijing is likely to have downpours with precipitation of 70 millimeters per hour after the middle of July."


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