On Saturday, temperatures in some parts of China, including the large southwestern city of Chongqing, exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), as the country’s official observatory maintained its red alert for high temperatures.
A meteorological official in Zhejiang, which is home to numerous industries and exporters, stated that the eastern province had smashed its previous record for high temperature days this year, with 31 days over 35 degrees Celsius and 16 days above 38 degrees Celsius.
Along with Chongqing, which had temperatures as high as 42.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Anhui, Xinjiang, Jiangxi, and Fujian were among the provinces and areas that experienced temperatures above 35 degrees.
A rainstorm looked to have prevented Shanghai from surpassing its 40.9 Celsius record on Saturday, while inhabitants of the 25 million-person city nonetheless voiced exhaustion from the prolonged heatwave.
China’s meteorological bureau warned last week that the country’s average ground temperatures have increased substantially faster than the world average over the last 70 years and would stay “significantly higher” in the future as climate change issues loom.
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