China Focus: Heat, drought, flooding: severe weather tests China

china_droughtBEIJING – Areas across China have been tested by extreme weather, including heat, drought and floods.

After sweating through the hottest July on record, Shanghai upgraded its daily temperature alert from orange to red, the highest on the three-tiered color coded heat alert system on Tuesday, with a high of 40 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday also marked the fourth hot day in August for Shanghai, which saw a record-high temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius on Friday.

The previous record was set in 1934, when a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius was recorded.

Shanghai’s municipal government has requested that all companies and units ensure safe working conditions in the severe heat, especially for those working outdoors.