China issues red heat warning for nearly 70 cities in second heat wave this month

The administration added that another 393 Chinese cities and counties are expected to experience heatwaves of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) and higher.

The temperature in China was growing faster how global average and the latest heatwave has raised new concerns about the pace of global warming.

The latest heatwave, defined as heatwaves lasting three days or more, is the second this month. Daily average temperatures are the highest since 1961, and on Sunday, 13 national weather stations in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces hit or surpassed local temperature records.

Fu Jiaolan, chief weather forecaster at the National Meteorological Center, said the latest heat wave is expected to be similar to the one that lasted nearly two weeks from July 5 to 17. according to state media. But this severe weather is likely to affect more people as temperatures are expected to rise to red alert levels in more regions.

China has a four-level weather warning system in place, with red warnings indicating temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius or higher, orange warnings of 35 degrees Celsius or higher, followed by yellow and blue.

As of Monday, 67 cities have declared a red alert. In Guangzhou, the local meteorological bureau expects the hot weather to last 23 days, the longest heatwave in a city in southern China since 1951.

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Chen Chunyan, chief expert at the Xinjiang Meteorological Observatory, told state media on Sunday that the prolonged heatwave has accelerated the melting of glaciers in mountain ranges bordering the region.

“The persistently high temperatures have accelerated the melting of glaciers in mountainous areas and caused natural disasters such as flash floods, mudflows and landslides in many places,” Chen said. said.
This unusual weather is not limited to Xinjiang, which is home to a large desert region and is used to hot temperatures. Since May, dozens of people in southern China have been killed and millions have been forced to flee their homes due to severe floods and landslides.

Combined with heatwaves, extreme weather could have a severe economic impact on China.

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Floods, droughts and tropical cyclones cost China about $238 billion annually. report released last year by the World Meteorological Organization.

And Chen said if the heat wave in Xinjiang continues, it could also hurt cotton production, further hitting China’s economy as it continues to grapple with the slowdown caused by the pandemic.

China is the world’s second largest cotton producer and 85% of the cotton produced in China comes from Xinjiang.

CNN’s Nectar Gang and Yun Xiong contributed to the report.