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China’s Heatwave: Dozens of cities issue warnings as temperatures rise

A red warning means temperatures are expected to reach above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the next 24 hours, according to the National Meteorological Administration.

Authorities have also issued warnings for regions ranging from central Shaanxi province to eastern coastal Jiangsu province. According to the Central Meteorological Observatory, the provinces of Zhejiang, Sichuan and Yunnan could also see temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

Temperatures have been rising for several days now as Shanghai raised the red alarm on Sunday for the first time this year as the financial hub swelled by 40 degrees Celsius, according to state-run tabloid The Global Times.

Shanghai has only experienced 15 days with temperatures above 40 degrees since the city began keeping records in 1873, the Shanghai Meteorological Service said Sunday.

Vendors in the city reported increasing sales of ice cream, melons and crayfish cooled in spirits – a popular summer dish. In a vast Shanghai zoo, eight tons of ice are used every day to keep lions, pandas and other animals cool.

Other parts of the country, such as places in the southwestern Sichuan Basin, have also experienced record high temperatures this year, according to The Global Times.

In the city of Chongqing – which has issued a red warning – the roof of a museum melted, with traditional Chinese tiles leaping as the heat dissolved the underlying tar. The city has deployed trucks to spray water in an attempt to cool its roads.

Elsewhere, residents are trying to cool off in various ways. On Sunday, huge crowds flocked to the beach in Qingdao city in eastern Shandong province to take a dip in the ocean. Children in Nanning in the Guangxi region played barefoot in public fountains. In Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, residents instead took shelter to escape the heat, read newspapers and watched television to pass the time in the Wifi-equipped war bunkers.

Residents of Nanjing, China, enter a shelter to escape the heat on July 10.

In its statement, the Central Meteorological Observatory asked local officials to implement measures to prevent heatstroke and fires. Residents should avoid outdoor activities and take protective measures – especially young people, the elderly and those with health problems, it added.

China’s summer of contrasts this year has brought havoc from both heat waves and heavy rainfall. Authorities citing climate change have warned of disasters from mid-July, usually the hottest and wettest time of the year.

Last month, parts of southern China were hit heaviest rainfall in 60 years, with nearly half a million people affected by floods and landslides in southern Guangdong province. More than 177,000 people were forced to relocate, and many households saw their homes and crops destroyed.

China’s annual flooding season traditionally begins in June and is usually most severe in densely populated agricultural areas along the Yangtze River and its tributaries – but it has become more intense and dangerous in recent years, and experts have warned that climate change could make matters worse.

Additional reporting from Reuters.

China’s Heatwave: Dozens of cities issue warnings as temperatures rise

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