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A heat wave has shut down parts of the country

AccuWeather reports that the intense heat has shifted west into central China, where residents have endured one of the worst stretches of excessive heat in decades.

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The hazardous heat wave that brought temperatures to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Shanghai, China’s most populous city, about a month ago has moved west into central China, where locals have experienced one of the worst stretches of extreme heat in decades.

The heat and lack of rain have had a significant impact on the region’s agriculture, leaving portions of the Yangtze, China’s longest river, impoverished. AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the heat is not anticipated to abate anytime soon.

According to the CMA website, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) activated a level three emergency response on August 13 to deal with this unprecedented heat wave. This response mandates that all meteorological entities in the affected area keep the general public informed of the most recent weather information during this period of extreme weather.

By Tuesday afternoon, the CMA had issued red alerts, the highest level of its three-tiered warning system, for the provinces of Hubei and Jiangxi, which are home to around 100 million people. When 104 F (40 C) is predicted to be reached in the following 24 hours, a red alert is issued.

According to a story from Reuters, which was cited on Monday by China’s official Science and Technology Daily, the heat wave is predicted to last for at least the next couple of weeks, making this the longest spell of excessive heat in this region of China since records began in 1961.

According to Reuters, authorities in areas hit by the Yangtze’s falling water levels have started to use pumps and rockets that sow clouds. According to Reuters, rainfall totals in the river’s drainage area were roughly 30% lower in July and are 60% lower than average in August.

The Chongqing district and Sichuan province in central China have recorded afternoon high temperatures that are 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit above average, despite the fact that this is the time of year when China typically sees its hottest weather.

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According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman, “a strong ridge of high pressure has persisted over a large portion of China for the past several weeks, resulting in extreme heat that has resulted in an increased demand for power, forcing some factories to shut down to preserve the power grid, and crop yields to suffer.”

Incredibly high temperatures of 109 F were recorded on Monday in Chongqing, the district’s capital city, which is nearly 15 degrees above the typical afternoon high of 92 F at this time of year. The metro area had triple-digit heat on other days this month besides Monday. The city last experienced a day with a high below 100 degrees on July 28 in the afternoon. The second-hottest summer since records began in 1961 as a result of this. When the surrounding territories are taken into consideration, the population of the city itself is over 16 million strong.

Even locations further east have experienced oppressive temperatures at times. The hottest maximum temperature ever recorded in China that day was 112 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday in Fengjie. The city of Qu reported a high of 110 F on Monday, shattering the previous Sichuan provincial record for that day.

With high temperatures expected to reach 100 F [or higher] into at least the middle of next week, Zartman warned that there truly isn’t any immediate relief in sight.

As the dome of relentless heat remains over the midsection of the country this week into next week, daily record highs are expected to be broken during the ensuing days.

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