As scorching heatwave advances in multiple places across China, Shanghai on July 13 was seared under a rare temperature height barely observed over the past century.

China Weather Network reported that the temperature for Xujiahui Station in Shanghai reached 40.9 degrees celsius as of 2:30 p.m. on July 13. The corresponding points in the Fahrenheit scale were over 105 degrees. 

According to mainland media The Paper, the mega city has barely observed this record heat recurring since 1873. Heat exceeding 40 degrees celsius simmered Shanghai twice in 1934, repeated for a single day each in 2009 and 2010. Five times in 2013, twice in 2016, three times in 2017, and two times this year.

Temperature in China’s financial hub has been boiling up over the past weeks. On July 5, the city recorded nine consecutive days of hottest temperature at 35°C, 95°F. On July 8, the daily maximum temperature was elevated to 37℃ or more, with July 10 and 13 both saw the mercury crossing over 40°C, 104°F.

Reuters reported that under a red heatwave alert, which is historically exceedingly uncommon for the city of 25 million, construction and other outdoor activities had been restricted or stopped.

It is expected that the blistering 40°C heatwaves will continue to wrench Shanghainese for more days.

Meanwhile, the searing temperature is causing more heat strokes among citizens across China. Many people have collapsed.

As news agency Caixin.com reported, in Zhejiang province, a 49-year-old man passed out while working in a workshop on July 6. When he was admitted to the hospital, his body temperature reached 40.7°C. He suffered from multiple organ failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation. The patient passed away on July 8.

A 70-year-old woman also suffered heat stroke while taking a nap at home after neglecting measures to prevent her body from overheating.

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