Extreme weather is hitting China again. ET reported that as of July 14, temperatures in different parts throughout the country are maintaining high levels for more than 30 days, affecting the lives of about 900 million people.

The highest temperature measured at many hydro-meteorological stations exceeded 44 ° C (111.2 ° F), surpassing historic heat levels.

Since July 7, temperatures in many southern provinces have increased. Localities such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Chongqing have recorded temperatures above 40 ° C (104 ° F).

The temperature at Xujiahui meteorological station, Shanghai, reached 40.9°C (105.6 ° F) on July 13, marking the highest temperature recorded since 1873.

On July 12, Jiangsu issued this year’s first high-temperature red alert. High temperatures continue to prevail in most parts of the province. At 4 p.m. that day, 284 towns exceeded 40 ° C, and Jinchang Street, Suzhou, reached a temperature of 43 ° C (109.4 ° F).

From June 26 to July 12, the heat wave in central and northern Zhejiang broke records, and the Yuyao area reached 41.6 ℃ (106.8 ° F).

On July 12, the temperature in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, exceeded 40 °C. Zhejiang Province issued 54 high-temperature red alerts on the same day, breaking a historical record.

A Beijing resident named Li told ET she suspected that Chinese state media had not correctly reported daily temperatures. She said that the temperature this year has been scorching since May. She claims the temperature could have reached more than 40 ° C but was only reported as 35 ℃.

Li said that one reason the reported temperature is lower than the real one could be that the government does not want to pay a subsidy to people.

The high temperature in Chongqing reached 40 °C on July 10. As of July 14, the temperature in this city has exceeded this temperature for five consecutive days.

On July 11, a tourist discovered that the tile roof of a memorial site in Chongqing had melted after enduring high temperatures for several days.

ET cited data from the China Weather Network as saying that, according to incomplete statistics, since July, many people in Zhejiang, Sichuan, Jiangsu, and other places have been diagnosed with strokes due to the heat wave. Some have died as a consequence.

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