BEIJING (ANN): Strong winds and heavy rainfall hit Beijing on Sunday (May 26) morning, causing more than 100 flights to be cancelled and delays for dozens of trains.
The capital's meteorological bureau on Saturday (May 25) afternoon issued a yellow alert for lightning expected in the city from 2am Sunday until 2pm in the afternoon. It also warned that some areas might face wind gusts and hail.
Capital International Airport had cancelled 111 out of 436 scheduled flights by Sunday noon.
Meanwhile, a China Southern Airlines flight scheduled to arrive in Beijing at noon from Guangzhou in Guangdong province found cracks on its windshield due to hail upon landing.
The flight arrived safely with no injuries onboard, said China Southern Airlines.
Railway departments said on Sunday afternoon that they had adopted measures limiting the speeds of some intercity trains between Beijing and Tianjin, while also cancelling a number of services due to strong winds and significant rainfall.
The heavy rainfall and thunderstorms will last until 8pm Sunday, according to the National Meteorological Centre, which issued a blue alert for severe weather on Saturday.
Southwest Guangdong, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces are also expected to experience the weather in the coming days, along with some provinces in northeastern China.
China has a four-tier colour coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue. - CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK