China is facing a 40C (104F) heatwave, with some provinces already on the highest possible alert and officials warning of glacier melt, mudslides and forest fires.
After above average temperatures in June and early July, Saturday is the day of ‘great heat’ in the Chinese lunar calendar.
The Ministry of Emergency Management has said that the increase in demand for air conditioning in homes, offices and factories could pose risks to the national power grid.
Leo Zhang, president of chemical maker Sika China, said on Friday: “For all factories in China and in Shanghai, we have regulations that must be followed”, after government officials warned of “severe tests”.
In rural regions, such as Xinjiang, on the border with Kyrgyzstan, drought could destroy crops.
Xinjiang, home to China’s Uyghur population, is also where 20% of the world’s cotton is produced.
In other places in the province, possible glacier melting could lead to a dam failure.
“Reasonably high temperature has accelerated the melting of glaciers in mountainous areas and caused natural disasters such as flash floods, mudslides and landslides in many places,” Chen Chunyan, chief expert at the Xinjiang Meteorological Observatory, told state media.
20 provinces on high alert
About 20 of China’s 31 provinces have been told to brace for extreme temperatures, with coastal areas and Shanghai worst affected, according to the National Meteorological Center. Experts mostly blame climate change.
The city of Chongqing and parts of Hunan, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangxi are all also at risk of forest fires.
Maximum temperatures in China are largely unverified, with a local news report reporting 50.3C (122.5F) at a weather station near Ayding, Xinjiang in 2015.
In July, officials in Shanghai said temperatures of 40.9C (105.6F) equaled the highest on record, which was first reached in 2017.
Temperatures in some regions could reach 50C (122F) next week, the Meteorological Administration said on Friday.
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