A building ridge of high pressure will provide dry weather across northern China this week allowing temperatures to soar well above normal.
High temperatures will average 5-10 C (10-20 F) above normal across much of northern and eastern China, including the major cities of Shanghai and Beijing.
Following a cooler weekend, temperatures soared to around 35 C (95 F) in Beijing on Monday. Temperatures will be around 32 C (90 F) on Tuesday before the heat really begins to build Wednesday through Saturday.
Daily high temperatures are expected to range between 35 and 40 C (95 and 105 F), with the hottest day likely to be Thursday.
For the entire year of 2013, Beijing reached 38 C (100 F) only twice. That total could be reached this week along, with the normally hottest months of the year still to come.
Relief from the heat will arrive on Sunday as a trough brings more clouds, cooler air and even the chance for a brief shower or thunderstorm.
In Shanghai, the heat arrived on Monday as temperatures reached 32 C (90F). Temperatures will continue to soar through Thursday with daily highs ranging from 32-35 C (90-95 F).
A wave of low pressure will approach by Friday into Saturday bringing cooler air and the chance for a soaking rainfall.