The China Meteorological Administration issued severe heat warnings with temperatures expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius in almost 70 cities on Monday.
According to Fu Jiaolan, chief forecaster of the National Meteorological Center, the latest heatwave would be similar to the two-week heatwave from July 5-17, only with more people impacted as temperatures would reach the “red alert level” in more regions.
The administration also said another 393 Chinese cities and counties would experience temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.
On Monday, officials issued red alerts to 67 cities, with the Guangzhou local meteorological bureau saying the hot weather could last for 23 days.
“Continued high temperature has accelerated glacial melting in mountainous areas and caused natural disasters such as flash floods, mudslides, and landslides in many places,” Chief expert Chen Chunyan at the Xinjiang Meteorological Observatory said.
Temperatures in China have been increasingly faster than the global average, and the latest heat wave has raised new concerns about the pace of global warming.
According to reports, the latest heatwave is the second this month, and the average daily temperatures are the highest since 1961.
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