Re­lent­less heat

Scorching weather con­tin­ues its hold on south­ern China

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei and ZHENG JINRAN in Bei­jing Con­tact the writer at zhulixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The heat wave in eastern and south­ern ar­eas of China over the past week is ex­pected to con­tinue for an­other 10 days.

The Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter con­tin­ued its heat alert on Wed­nes­day, while au­thor­i­ties in Shang­hai and Hubei prov­ince raised their heat alerts, as tem­per­a­tures there were ex­pected to ex­ceed 40 C.

“The re­cent heat, caused by a sub­trop­i­cal high, is noted for its wide scope, high in­ten­sity and long du­ra­tion,” said Ma Xuekuan, the cen­ter’s chief fore­caster.

Shang­hai mu­nic­i­pal­ity and prov­inces in­clud­ing An­hui, Hubei, Hu­nan, Jiangsu, Fu­jian and Zhe­jiang were fore­cast to see tem­per­a­tures above 37 C in the com­ing days.

Tem­per­a­tures in Shang­hai’s Xu­ji­ahui area reached 40.3 C, a record high this year and the third-high­est in the city’s his­tory.

A heat alert map re­leased by the cen­ter shows that nearly one-third of China would see tem­per­a­tures above 35 C on Wed­nes­day. The af­fected ar­eas have a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of more than 700 mil­lion peo­ple.

The heat, which has lasted for days, has claimed the lives of at least four peo­ple in He­fei, An­hui prov­ince, 16 peo­ple in the neigh­bor­ing Jiangsu prov­ince and one woman in Shang­hai. Re­ports show that most vic­tims were se­niors and work­ers at con­struc­tion sites.

Emer­gency med­i­cal cen­ters in ci­ties in­clud­ing Shang­hai and He­fei said they have re­ceived more calls than ever from heat stroke pa­tients in re­cent days.

“The death rate of heat stroke pa­tients could reach above 30 per­cent,” said Deng Xingqi, a doc­tor of the Fengx­ian Dis­trict Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Shang­hai.

“If the tem­per­a­ture is fore­cast to reach above 40 C, all out­door work should be sus­pended for the whole day, while on days with daily highs be­tween 37 C and 40 C peo­ple should not work out­doors for longer than six hours a day,” ac­cord­ing to a no­tice re­leased by the He­fei Com­mis­sion of Ur­ban-Ru­ral Devel­op­ment.

He­fei au­thor­i­ties called on the city’s public places to open their air-con­di­tioned fa­cil­i­ties to cit­i­zens. Wang Zhenghua in Shang­hai con­trib­uted to this story.

JIN SILIU / FOR CHINA DAILY

A res­i­dent ofWuhan, Hubei prov­ince, jumps into the Yangtze River for re­lief fromthe heat on­Wednes­day.

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