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Shanghai Raises Heat Alert to ‘Red’

Posted by feww on August 6, 2013

Heatwave continues to plague 13 provinces across China

The heat is forecast to last until the middle of August, with temperatures rising to 41ºC, said the meteorological authorities in China.

Tuesday was the fourth hottest day in August for Shanghai, after the city set a new all-time record-high of 40.6ºC on Friday, breaking the previous record high of 40.2ºC set nearly 80 years ago, said the report.

“The China Central Meteorological Center says high temperatures are reaching severe levels, with the hottest days to hit China’s south. The region may experience high temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius, whilst 7 provinces and municipalities including Hunan, Hubei and Chongqing may experience temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.”

Air Quality Index

Meantime, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Beijing climbed to 271 on Tuesday, and the air pollution in Yangzhou City in east China’s Jiangsu Province turned the sky diabolic red.

sky over Yangzhou City
Original caption: Photo taken on Aug. 5, 2013 shows the red clouds in the sky over Yangzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua/Meng Delong). More images …

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