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China's summer heat reaches record highs

08-14-2013 09:26 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Su Yuting

China is enduring a sustained period of sweltering heat this summer. Since the beginning of July, many provinces and cities in south China have experienced record-high temperatures. In Shaoxing, a city in Zhejiang province, temperatures have even reached 44 degrees Celsius. And Shanghai has experienced its hottest July in 140 years.

This summer in China, umbrellas are out in force as a protection from the direct sun, but they can’t protect from the searing heat.

People are seeking every opportunity to seek a relief and escape the burning sun.

Packing into swimming pools, taking refuge in subway stations, and rushing into air-conditioned stores.

Some have been cooking eggs and bacon using just the heat of sun to show just how hot it is.

China is enduring a sustained period of sweltering heat this summer. Since th
e beginning of July, many provinces and cities in south China have experienced
record-high temperatures.

One joke making the rounds is The only difference between me and barbecued meat is a little bit of cumin.

It’s not just humans who are feeling the effects.

At the zoo, staff and visitors have been keeping the animals cool by feeding them iced watermelon, others find a shower helps.

Despite these measures, the summer sizzling heat can still be too much to bear.

Cases of heat stroke are on the increase and some people have died of it. The smoldering heat has also killed crops and fish.

Glass cracks in the heat, vehicles catch fire in the intense heat...

"The heatwave is expected to last a few more days. 8 provinces and cities in south China have had an average of 25.3 days of high temperatures, the most since 1961. Temperatures recorded by 71 weather monitoring stations across the country have met or exceeded historical extremes. The heatwave is affecting 19 provinces and cities and nearly 700 million people," Zhang Fanghua, chief forecaster of China Meteorological Administration, said.

The China Meteorological Administration has activated a "level 2" emergency response. This means around-the-clock staffing of an emergency command center is required, as well as frequent briefings.

"For over a month, a prolonged heatwave has scorched many parts of China. The central government has allocated about 200 million yuan to drought-hit regions. Until temperatures finally drop toward the middle of August, it will have to do so.

China is enduring a sustained period of sweltering
heat this summer. Since the beginning of July,
many provinces and cities in south China have
experienced record-high temperatures.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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