After several days of hot and high-temperature weather, on July 25, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, experienced heavy rain. Following the downpour, residents of Hangzhou captured several videos and pictures of the sunset, with rainbow and lightning simultaneously. 

On July 29, according to Yahoo Taiwan, mainland China media reported that Mr. Shao was helping his girlfriend film a video when he witnessed a unique scene. Sunset, rainbow, and lightning appeared at the same time as he looked up to watch. He felt so excited and called the scene amazing, adding that he was so surprised that he was at a loss for words. [Video 1]

Per Chinese media Qianjiang Evening News, on July 25, Hangzhou recorded 37.7° C or 99.8° F in the afternoon. Hangzhou immediately cooled by more than 10 degrees due to sudden rain. After the rain, the temperature was only 24.3° C or 75.7° F at around 6:30 in the evening.

A netizen named “Xue Wuyue” also took a rainbow picture near a community on Changmu Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou. [Image 0]

Other strange phenomena also occurred on the same day in different places across China.

Zhuji City Rong Media Center reported on July 25 that the heavy rain in Zhuji, Zhejiang, also turned the sky red. [Image 1]

According to state-run media Huanqiu News, on July 25, an unexpected heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, brought forth yet another phenomenon: a green sky. [Image 2]

A green sky is rare. It happens when a rare and complex optical response to strong convective weather encounters a sunset.

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