‘Egg-sized’ hailstones smash car windows in eastern Chinese cities

Giant hailstones punched holes right through car windows in Nanjing. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Giant hailstones punched holes right through car windows in Nanjing. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Extreme weather in eastern China’s Yangtze River Delta has seen car windows being broken by egg-sized hailstones, Shanghai-based news outlet Thepaper.cn reports.
 
The storms stuck the cities of Xuzhou, Changzhou, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Suzhou in the northern part of Jiangsu province on Tuesday afternoon. Hailstones more than 5cm in diameter punched holes in the windows parked cars.
 
Internet users began posting pictures in the afternoon of giant hailstones, some of crystal clear. At about 6pm, a shower of giant hailstorms lasting several minutes struck Nanjing, further inland.
 
Meanwhile, the first-ever hailstorm warning was issued in Shanghai on Tuesday night after the daytime temperature climbing to 31 degrees Celsius.
 
The extreme weather affected air traffic, with China Eastern Airlines issuing warnings of flight delays late into the night.
 
Last week a severe hail storm caused damage, including smashed car windows, in Shantou, Guangdong.
Freak hailstorms struck cities across the Yangtze River delta. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Freak hailstorms struck cities across the Yangtze River delta. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Courtesy of scmp.com

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