Shanghai, China’s commercial center, and hundreds of other Chinese cities burned in sweltering heat as abnormally hot weather buckled roadways, broke roof tiles, and forced residents underground to seek relief in raid shelters.
By 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) Tuesday, 86 communities had issued red warnings, the highest level in a three-tier warning system, warning of temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next 24 hours. Construction and other outside activities will be suspended.
Shanghai, which is still dealing with intermittent outbreaks of COVID-19, has warned its 25 million residents to brace themselves for hot weather this week, after issuing its first red notice in five years on Sunday. Shanghai has only seen 15 days with temperatures over 40 degrees since records started in 1873.
Ice cream, melons, and crayfish chilled in vodka, a favorite summertime dish, were all selling well, according to vendors. Every day, eight tonnes of ice are used to keep lions, pandas, and other animals cool at a large Shanghai wildlife park.