Authorities Issue First Ever Heat Alert

One of the worst heatwaves in recorded Chinese history is roasting eastern and southern parts of the country, prompting the issuing of the first “ level-two “ national emergency alert for inclement weather.


With 24 days of temperatures over 35 degrees, it was the city’s hottest July since 1873, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.  Shanghai was not one of the cities to top 40 degrees on Tuesday, but the temperature hit an all-time high of 40.6 degrees on Friday.


Temperatures in parts of Zhejiang, Hunan and Sichuan provinces reached 40 degrees yesterday, and those parts of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei and Chongqing would reach the same level today, according to the China Meteorological Administration. The agency said 43 southern cities and counties had seen temperatures exceed 40 degrees in July.


The “ level-two “ warning — the highest for heat-related weather conditions — applies to nine provinces and municipalities:  Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Shanghai and Chongqing.


~ SCMP, August 1, 2013 ~

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