The average temperature of Hainan stood at 27°C in July as heat waves in regions across eastern and central China created record highs exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

Figures released by Hainan meteorological departments show that the average temperature of Hainan province in July was 27.3 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees Celsius lower than that of Zhejiang province.

In the provincial capital city Haikou, the average temperature stood at 27.8 degrees Celsius in July, the lowest figure for 37 years despite the city being hailed as one of the China’s new “four ovens”.

"We have been suffering a long period of high temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in my hometown Zhejiang, and the temperatures here are much cooler than I expected” said Chen Biliu, a tourist visiting Hainan from Zhejiang province.

Relatively cool temperatures in Hainan have made the province one of the most popular destinations for summer holidays across the country.

According to the Haikou Tourism Development Commission, the passenger throughput of Haikou Meilan International Airport hit 1.3905 million during the period of 1st July – 15th August, up 21.11% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, according to recent rankings released by one tourism website, Sanya ranked first among the top ten destinations for summer holidays in China in 2013, followed by Lijiang and Qingdao.

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