Under the blazing summer sun, dozens of cities in mainland China are extremely hot. According to Chinese media, many parts of the country are experiencing the most extended heat wave this year. The ground in some areas has even started the “scorching mode.”

As of 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday, July 12, 86 cities in China, including Shanghai and the vicinity of Nanjing, have issued the highest red alert level in the three-level heatwave warning system. In addition, Reuters reported that temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the next 24 hours.

As Shanghai continues its so-called “virus eradication” fight, authorities are sending warnings to the city’s 25 million residents to prepare for this week’s hot weather. Since the beginning of temperature records in 1873, Shanghai has only had 15 days with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

This video shows a COVID test worker holding a long ice cube by the roadside in a full-body protective suit.

The Shanghai Wildlife Park had to prepare 8 tons of ice daily to keep the animals cool.

Reuters quoted state television as saying that in a town in southern Jiangxi province, a section of road had a 6-inch blister because of the sweltering heat.

According to the Reuters news agency, a Shanghai resident, Zhu Daren, said: “This year, the heat had arrived a little earlier than before,” as her five-year-old son was playing at a water fountain. She added, “Although it is just July, I feel the warm weather has already reached a high point. Basically, you need to turn on the air-conditioning when you get home and put on some sunscreen when you go out.”

This summer, the climate in mainland China is extreme, with alternating heat waves and torrential rains raging across China. As a result, authorities have warned that a weather disaster could strike from mid-July, usually the hottest and wettest time of the year.

According to Chinese state media CCTV, the ground temperature in Jiangxi province reached 59 degrees Celsius (138 degrees Fahrenheit). Some sections of the road crack after blistering from the heat.

Nanjing, one of China’s three “fiery furnaces,” has opened underground shelters to residents since Sunday. Underground shelters have Wi-Fi, books, water purifiers, and microwaves. This city issued a red alert on Tuesday.

Specifically, the Nanjing City Civil Defense Office has opened seven public shelters for free to let people enjoy the cool air. The shelter becomes a summer recreation resort.

According to a reporter from Dragon Tiger Net News, at 11 a.m. on July 10, under the scorching sun, the outdoor temperature reached 40°C, but the cool air inside the “shelter” was only 18°C.

The city of Chongqing is another “fiery furnace,” and the roof of a museum there has melted. The tar under the tiled roof melted, leading to cracks in the roof when the heat spiked. The city issued a red alert on Monday.

Environmental protection sprinklers have also been deployed in Chongqing to keep the roads cool.

And this week, high temperature, humidity, and UV radiation will also cover Wuhan, the third “fiery furnace.”

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