Hottest day ever in Shang­hai as heat wave bakes China

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

SHANG­HAI: Shang­hai swel­tered un­der a new record high of 40.9 de­grees Centi­grade on Fri­day, author­i­ties said as they is­sued a weather “red alert” over a stub­born heat wave that has plagued much of the coun­try.

Hos­pi­tals in the city have re­ported in­creased num­bers of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from heat-re­lated ill­nesses, ac­cord­ing to state me­dia, and the Shang­hai zoo said it was putting large blocks of ice into some an­i­mal en­clo­sures to help them beat the heat, while pro­vid­ing frozen ap­ples to its pan­das. China’s most pop­u­lous city has baked un­der soar­ing sum­mer tem­per­a­tures for more than two weeks and Fri­day af­ter­noon reached the hottest point since the es­tab­lish­ment of its bench­mark weather sta­tion in 1872, the mu­nic­i­pal weather bureau said. Other ar­eas of China also have seen records set in re­cent weeks, in what has been a tor­rid sum­mer so far for much of the coun­try, while large ar­eas of south-cen­tral China have en­dured rag­ing floods from tor­ren­tial rain.

Shang­hai’s “red alert”-the first this year-is trig­gered when tem­per­a­tures in ex­cess of 40 de­grees are fore­cast and comes with a warn­ing to cit­i­zens to keep cool and avoid too much time out­doors, es­pe­cially chil­dren, the el­derly, or the sick.

It also puts author­i­ties on height­ened alert against fires break­ing out and ad­vises spe­cial care with per­ish­able foods to pre­vent spoilage and bac­te­ria. Shang­hai is get­ting hot­ter-the pre­vi­ous record of 40.8 de­grees was set only in 2013, and eight of the 12 high­est tem­per­a­tures reached over the past cen­tury were recorded in the last five years, ac­cord­ing to the city weather bureau. Peo­ple are los­ing their cool, said the staterun Shang­hai Daily.

Shang­hai has “seen a spike in ac­ci­den­tal in­juries, trig­gered by fights or traf­fic ac­ci­dents, as peo­ple are more eas­ily ir­ri­tated in the ex­treme heat and fail­ing to ex­er­cise proper judg­ment,” it said Fri­day. Even dogs are on edge, ac­cord­ing to a state me­dia re­port this week that said the heat wave has co­in­cided with a rise in dog bites. Shang­hai’s weather bureau said Thurs­day a stub­born sub­trop­i­cal high and hot south­west­erly winds were to blame and that the city will con­tinue to bake at least un­til early Au­gust when typhoon sea­son be­gins and the weather be­gins to shift. — AFP

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