Shanghai cracks down on unauthorised weather forecasts as heatwave continues
China's sweltering heatwave not expected to rise above 40 degrees, despite the claims of faulty forecasts
As China’s scorching heat wave continues and temperatures soar, the government has started cracking down on false weather reports.
These unauthorised reports were largely based only on numerical models and calculated dates, and rarely took into account important factors that might influence a day’s heat, including clouds and wind direction, Shanghai Meteorological Bureau chief service officer Man Liping said.
The creation and distribution of unauthorised weather forecasts is punishable with a warning or fines of up to 50,000 yuan, (HK$ 63,253) the Bureau reportedly confirmed.
A chief forecaster for the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, Liang Bo, said that while current weather forecasts by the Bureau were far from perfect, there was little chance that temperatures would rise far beyond 41 degrees within the next four to six days.