The Epoch Times reported on July 15 that China’s temperature has continued to increase, affecting 900 million people. Recently, the peak temperature in several regions has topped 40 °C (104°F), with some places reaching 44 °C (111.2°F). The surface temperature can reach 60 °C (140°F) and can even surpass 70 °C (158°F), causing the concrete road to disintegrate abruptly.
As of July 15, the heat had lasted 33 days since June 13.
High temperatures have caused several accidents, and several mishaps have happened. Following our reports of an “ant dying after a few seconds crawling on the ground” and “the glass on the entrance of people’s houses fractured like a spider web and was easily shattered when touched,” here are more new incidents:
In Hunan: The road surface ruptured, hurling one man more than 20 meters to the ground
The heat in Hunan caused the concrete pavement to rupture, throwing a passerby, and causing him injury.
According to a video that went viral on Weibo on July 15, a guy in Xiangxiang town, Hunan province, recently acquired scrapes and bruises all over his body. He was riding his motorcycle along the road when the concrete pavement erupted, throwing him 20 meters away.
According to those familiar with the situation, the extreme warmth caused the cement pavement to swell and burst. People nearby carried the man onto a wooden board after he collapsed, avoiding the scorching ground, and called an ambulance to take him to the hospital.
The Hunan Meteorological Department issued 146 high-temperature warning signals on July 13, according to Rednet. According to the weather forecast, the hottest temperature in Hunan on July 14 rose above 35°C (95°F) in 92 places, with 41 spots reaching above 37°C (98.6°F).
Chongqing’s hottest temperature recently surpassed 40 degrees Celsius (104°F). The roof of Chongqing’s Forbidden City Cultural Relic Memorial Hall collapsed due to molten asphalt, and the glass panels at the pick-up point and bridge were also damaged.
People in Zhejiang buy shrimp to carry home, three of which are already cooked
The high temperatures in central and northern Zhejiang exceeded records from June 26 to July 12. The highest temperature recorded in Yuyao was 41.6°C (106.88°F).
The temperature in Hangzhou topped 40°C (104°F) on July 12. On the same day, Zhejiang Province issued 54 high-temperature red warnings, breaking a record for the number of high-temperature red warnings issued in a single day.
According to NTDTV, some netizens made amusing comments like, “Shrimp: It’s scorching! It’s completely crimson!”
“All right, I’ll grill some steak on the tarmac this afternoon.”
Many people are affected by heat stroke and cerebrovascular accidents
Heat stroke is a condition in which the body’s core internal temperature is disrupted due to excessive heat. The body becomes overheated, causing harm to the nerve system. High fevers, body temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F), dry and hot skin, no sweating, disorientation, fainting, hallucinations, organ malfunction, and other symptoms are common, and the fatality rate is relatively high.
Patients with cerebrovascular accidents (a heat trauma condition in which the body function is disrupted by prolonged exposure to high temperatures) have surfaced in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan, and other regions this month, and many of them have died. (video 0:50)
An elk broke into a university in Jiangsu to swim
On July 12, Jiangsu issued the first high-temperature red warning of the year. Jinchang County in Suzhou City had the highest temperature, hitting 43°C (109.4°F).
On July 12, in Nantong, an elk leaped through the fence of Nantong University’s Xinglin College and proceeded directly to the campus’s artificial lake to swim and cool off.
The elk then charged into the college’s protective area. A security guard was driving around the campus when he suddenly noticed the elk charging directly at him, causing him to become frightened and turn around. Finally, the elk dashed into the bushes alongside the road.
According to the school’s security guard, the elk weighed around 200 kg and left via the gate after approximately 15 minutes.
Many netizens have seen a video of an elk breaking onto the campus to swim in the shade. According to NTDTV, a netizen commented, “How does it know there is water in the school?”
Surprise! Rotten eggs hatch on their own
On June 27, Mr. Wang of Nanjing, Jiangsu, purchased ten scrambled eggs (eggs that cannot hatch) online and left them in the kitchen. According to the product package, they can be kept for up to 15 days.
When Mr. Wang returned home from work on July 12, he was shocked to find a little black full-winged chicken hatching from the egg and another inside the egg pecking at the shell.
He said that he had not cooked in a few days due to the extreme heat and had forgotten about his eggs. He returned home to the sound of chickens and thought the sounds were coming from his neighbor’s place. He opened the cabinet, believing there was a bird nesting in the closet, but saw nothing. Then he looked down and discovered a black chicken hatching from an egg.
Mr. Wang speculated that the chick had been smothered in the packing for too long, causing its legs to become unsteady, but that after a day, its condition had substantially improved. He fed it with milk and water, and it was even chirping louder than before.