At about 6:30 pm on September 4, hail fell on Changping District, Chaoyang District and many other places in Beijing. At one point, the Beijing weather bureau issued a yellow warning for hail and lightning; a blue warning for strong winds, attracting concern.
Twitter user @ooeieiwyy posted a video of the hailstorm and said: “Is it September now? A sudden hailstorm in Beijing tonight. It’s so scrary.”
Netizen @YingJie22739040 also posted a related clip, exclaiming: “This has never happened in previous years… On the evening of September 4, a typhoon hit Beijing. Lightning flashed for a while, pouring rain. Parts of Changping district were hit with hail, some the size of quail eggs, according to CCTV’s weather forecast.”
The video posted by Twitter account @figo_zhao shows the streets of Beijing white with a thick layer of hail. There was also thunder and lightning.
The website of the Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission showed that from 7:45 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. on September 4, the traffic index for all of the Beijing network was 4.2. Chaoyang District and Shijingshan District were moderately congested.
At the same time, Beijing Capital Airport and Daxing Airport canceled many flights. According to the Air Travel app, at least 323 flights were canceled at Beijing Capital Airport and at least 333 flights were canceled at Beijing Daxing Airport.
Vision Times quoted a netizen’s comments, “On the evening of September 4, a thunderstorm hit Beijing, accompanied by thunder and torrential rain. Hail fell in areas of Changping. Some hailstones as big as quail eggs.”
Another person said, “Suddenly I thought firecrackers exploded in the car.”
One enthusiastic person commented, “The hailstones are the size of a longan (berries). The hailstorms in Beijing right now are extremely exciting.”
On August 6, due to continuous high temperatures, hail suddenly fell on Shanghai. At that time, many people took pictures and posted them on social media. Locals pointed out it was the largest hailstorm, with hailstones the size of a “pigeon egg.”
According to photos taken by people in Baoshan, Jing’an and other counties, hailstones are easily seen falling against windows and on the ground. At the time, some people expressed concern that the hail would damage their roofs and cars.
NTDTV quoted a comment, “Shanghai deserves to be the magic capital! It is hail, thunderstorm, thunder, and high temperatures.”