Rain brings relief to Beijing Olympics organisers

July 30th, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 30 (Xinhua) Rains lashed most parts of Beijing, blowing away some of the haze and heat that had become a major concern for the organisers and athletes for the Olympics. The precipitation averaged 4 millimetres in Beijing in the last two days though Qinglongqiao community close to the Summer Palace on the city’s northwestern outskirts received 82 millimetres, the Beijing Meteorological Bureau said.

“For the first time in a week, we can see clearly through our office windows the hills in the west of Beijing,” said a meteorologist.

He said the rain, plus a mild north wind blowing at around 3 metres per second, would certainly dispel the dust and haze overcasting Beijing over the past week.

“I am certain the air quality will be good today and the high temperature will not exceed 30 degrees Celsius,” said Zhang.

A senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official played down concerns about Beijing’s air quality, saying that the possibilities of rescheduling outdoor endurance events would be low.

“Now, we don’t feel it necessary,” said IOC’s Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli.

He added that the IOC would continue to monitor the air quality and take decisions accordingly, and expected the air quality to be up to par with more rainfall in the coming days.

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