Broad swath of China swelters in high temperatures

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SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Several parts of China, including the major southwestern city of Chongqing, heated to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Saturday, as the country’s national observatory continued its alert red at high temperatures.

In Zhejiang, home to many factories and exporters, a weather official said the eastern province broke its previous record for high temperature days this year, with 31 days above 35 degrees Celsius and 16 days above 38 degrees Celsius.

Along with Chongqing, which saw temperatures of up to 42.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Anhui, Xinjiang, Jiangxi and Fujian were among the provinces and regions where the temperatures rose. exceeded 35 degrees Celsius.

A thunderstorm appears to have helped Shanghai avoid its record 40.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday, although residents of the mall of 25 million people still expressed fatigue from the ongoing heat wave.

“It’s like being in a steamboat, it’s really hot,” said Shen Fengming, a 70-year-old resident. “Even if you don’t walk outside, you will still end up sweating.”

“I went to our port and walked around,” said Huang Yi, 45, who works at a container port. “It was just one o’clock, but my clothes and my pants were all wet. Compared to previous years, the temperature this year is particularly high.

Last week, China’s meteorological bureau warned that the country’s average ground temperatures had risen much faster than the global average over the past 70 years and would remain “significantly higher” in the future as the challenges of the climate change are intensifying.

(Reporting by Xihao Jiang in Shanghai and David Kirton in Shenzhen; Editing by Michael Perry)

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