More heatwaves will return to China over the next 10 days, from east to west, with some coastal towns already on high alert and interior provinces warning of dam collapse threats due to melting glaciers.

A dramatic temperature increase is forecast on Saturday, followed by heatwaves, which are characterized as three-day or longer spells of unusually hot weather. According to the Chinese Almanac based on the lunar calendar, this Saturday is the “big heat”

The hot period is predicted to be comparable in scope to the heatwaves that occurred from July 5 to 17, although additional locations may be impacted by temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher, according to Fu Jiaolan, chief forecaster at the National Meteorological Centre.

Some cities in Zhejiang province, which is home to numerous industries and exporters, issued red warnings on Friday, the highest level in a three-tier warning system, anticipating temperatures of at least 40 degrees Celsius in the next 24 hours.

The load on the national electrical system might hit a new high this summer as demand for air conditioning by households, workplaces, and industries soars, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on Friday, with safe operation facing “severe tests”

“For all of the factories in China and in Shanghai we have regulations that need to be followed,” said Leo Zhang, president of chemical product producer Sika China.

“Every year we do things to make the work more comfortable, for example giving workers ice-creams when it gets too hot.”

Forest fires are also threatening sections of Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, and the metropolis of Chongqing in the near future, according to the ministry.


Accelerated glacier melt in the western province of Xinjiang until July 29 presents hazards to rivers and dams, the China Meteorological Administration said on Friday, citing a high risk of dam collapse on a tributary of the Aksu River near China’s border with Kyrgyzstan.

According to the government, this round of hot weather will have “a certain degree of impact” on the melting of mountain snow and ice.

This summer’s heat in China has been regarded as excessive.

From June 1 to July 20, the Yellow and Yangtze River basins, which are key centers of industry and trade, had at least ten days with temperatures above normal.

Other sections of East Asia, Western Europe, North Africa, and North America have also been burned by heatwaves, igniting wildfires in numerous nations.

Climate warming, according to scientists, will only make heatwaves hotter and more common. 

The hottest temperature ever recorded in China is debatable.

According to Chinese media, the hottest month in the previous 300 years was July 1743, during the Qing dynasty, when a French missionary in Beijing reported an all-time high of 44.4 degrees Celsius.

A local news source recorded 50.3 degrees Celsius at a meteorological station in Ayding, a dry lake in Xinjiang’s Turpan Depression, in 2015.

According to the China Meteorological Administration, temperatures in the oasis city of Turpan might hit 50 degrees Celsius next week.

Source: Reuters


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