As reported by Reuters on July 22, the return of more heatwaves will hit China over the next ten days from east to west.

The China Meteorological Administration issued a yellow warning of high temperature on July 23. A new wave of high temperatures will affect more than 17 provinces and cities nationwide. 

Fu Jiaolan, a chief forecaster of the national meteorological center, says that China may suffer a hot spell similar in scope to heatwaves from July 5 – 17 but more regions could experience temperatures of 40 °C (104 °F).

Some cities in Zhejiang province, a major industrial and export hub on the country’s east coast, issued red alerts on July 22, the highest in a three-tier warning system, expecting temperatures to reach at least 40 °C (104 °F) in the next 24 hours.

The Ministry of Emergency Management warned that the load on the national power grid could reach a new peak this summer due to the high demand for air-conditioning in households, offices, and factories. This has required the national electricity grid to maintain safe operation.

Leo Zhang, the president of chemical product maker Sika China, says some regulations need to be followed in all of the factories in China and Shanghai. 

Apart from heatwaves, some eastern regions, including Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan and Jiangxi, are at risk of forest fires in the near term.

The western region of Xinjiang experiences glacial melt through July 29. As a result, this can contribute to the possibility of dam failure on a tributary of the Aksu River near China’s border with Kyrgyzstan.

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