China’s southwestern Sichuan province is experiencing its worst heatwave in 60 years. Several cities will see temperatures of 42 ºC (107.6 ºF) degrees this week, while elsewhere will usually be at 35-39 ºC (95-102 ºF) degrees. Excessive electricity consumption has led to a power outage in this area.

On Monday, August 15, Sichuan Provincial Economic and Information Department, and State Grid’s Sichuan Electric Power Company announced industrial power cuts are expanded to 19 over 21 cities for 6 consecutive days, citing priority for residential consumption.

According to Reuters, scorching weather and little rain have reduced hydropower generation in the province of 83.75 million, leading to power rationing for industrial users since late July.

Companies including aluminum producer Henan Zhongfu Industrial and chemicals maker Sichuan Guoguang Agrochemical said in stock exchange statements they were suspending production this week.

A major ferroalloy producer in the center of Sichuan has cut more than 60% of its output from the normal rate of 400 tonnes daily.

Weibo users also reported blackout traffic lights due to electricity shortages in Sichuan. Other provinces such as Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Anhui also issued power curbs for industrial users amid power outages.

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