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A tourist wearing a hat shields himself from the scorching sun as he visits the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on Friday. The temperature in Beijing hit about 35.4 C on Friday. Photo: IC

The weather has become extremely hot in some areas in North China recently, but experts said that it is not abnormal considering the historical trend.

A heat wave that started to sweep across North China on Wednesday continued on Friday. According to the National Meteorological Center (NMC), the temperature soared above 40 C in some areas in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Northeast China's Jilin and Liaoning Province on Friday.

The temperature in Beijing soared with the mercury hitting as high as about 35.4 C.

A resident in the Chaoyang district in Beijing told the Global Times on Friday that it has been "abnormally hot" in recent days, and she had already turned on the air conditioner.

She also noted that in the past Beijing's temperature normally would reach a maximum of about 35 C, and that happened only "occasionally" in July and August.

A student surnamed Huang in North China's Tianjin also said that she felt uncomfortable when she took a delegation of foreign students out. "I felt I was burning and turning into fried chips," Huang told the Global Times on Friday.

Li Jing, another resident of Beijing, nevertheless said that she thought the weather in Beijing was normal. "Born in Wuhan, I think that the temperature level is tolerable," she told the Global Times on Friday, adding that the heat came a bit early this year, but the recent few days could just be exceptional. Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, is often considered as one of the hottest cities in China.

Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News on Wednesday cited Cai Xiangning, senior engineer at the NMC, as saying that this heat wave is not an abnormal phenomenon as in history there had been similar situations. For example, on May 19, 2001, Beijing's temperature soared to 38.1 C.

The hot weather has also caused a deterioration in Beijing's air quality. On Friday, Beijing had heavy pollution caused mainly by increasing ozone density.

According to a report in the Beijing Morning Post on Friday, the atmospheric pressure around Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and surrounding areas, as well as the rising temperature and intensifying heat, have caused the production of ozone.

The NMC has forecast that the recent heat wave will abate in the next few days. For example, Beijing's highest temperature will drop to 32 C and 25 C on Sunday and Monday respectively, while the temperature of Huhhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, will decrease to 24 C and 21 C on Sunday and Monday.