Several regions of China, including the major southwestern city of Chongqing, endured temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday as the country’s national observatory maintained a red alert for extreme heat.
In Zhejiang, home to many factories and exporters, a meteorology official said the eastern province broke its previous record for hot days this year, with 31 days above 35C and 16 days above 38C.
Along with Chongqing, which recorded temperatures as high as 42.1C on Saturday, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Anhui, Xinjiang, Jiangxi and Fujian were some of the provinces and regions where temperatures topped 35C.
A thunderstorm appeared to prevent Shanghai from breaking its record high of 40.9C on Saturday, although residents of this city of 25 million people continued to express fatigue from the heat wave.
“It’s like being on a steamboat, it’s very hot,” said Shen Fengming, a 70-year-old resident. “Even if you don’t walk outside, you end up sweating.”
“I went to our port and walked,” said Huang Yi, 45. “It was only an hour, but my clothes and pants were wet. Compared to previous years, the temperature this year is especially high.”
On Saturday, the Shanghai Meteorological Observatory reported that the city has seen 40 days with temperatures above 40ºC this year, with a maximum until July 13 of 40.9ºC.
Last week, the Chinese meteorological bureau warned that average temperatures in the country had risen much faster than the global average over the past 70 years and will remain “significantly higher” in the future as climate challenges mount. climate change.