The Chinese people are suffering from multi challenges, an extreme climate, a new COVID wave, and the large-scale economic shutdown are making life even harder.

On July 13, temperatures in Zhejiang province, east of Shanghai’s financial center, reached a record high of 42 degrees Celsius (about 107 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Jiangsu and Fujian, were also experiencing high heat. In the interior regions of Henan, Sichuan, and Heilongjiang, hundreds of people were hospitalized for overheating.

Chinese weather watchers said the past 30 days‘ heatwave has been widespread, long-lasting, and extreme. People are using more air conditioners, which has put a record load on electricity spent in seven provinces and regions.

Weibo users saw 2.45 million times of the hashtag #heatstroke, which was popular on social media. Discussions ranged from hospitalizations to the dangers of prolonged heat exposure.

​​Shanghai also hit record temperatures as a heatwave strikes China.

As the official news site of the national meteorological service reported, Shanghai reached 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit) by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The article said the figure “matched the record highest air temperature in the local area since records began in 1873.”

Social media photos showed Shanghai Covid health workers in plastic hazmat suits using ice blocks to cool down the hot weather while taking COVID samples for long queues of people. Some even sit or lay on these blocks of ice.

Peng Lei, a COVID testing worker, told Reuters, “This suit is terribly hot.”

“The clothes are never dry. All day long they are wet with sweat.”

Regarding the stifling weather, one Weibo user said, “felt like meat on a barbecue when I went for my Covid test just now.”

Another joking: “Maybe it’ll burn off all the virus.”

In the meantime, floods have hit other parts of the country. The National Climate Centre said 2022’s rain would be “relatively worse” and “more extreme” than in previous years.

As of midday on Wednesday, state media reported three people killed and five missing in Sichuan province’s Pingwu county.

Heilongjiang reported one person dead, and eight people went missing in the northeast.
Flooding forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes in south-central China.

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