China reik die hoogste hittewaarskuwing vir amper uit 70 stede in die tweede hittegolf hierdie maand

Hongkong Severe heat warnings were issued for almost 70 Chinese stede, waar temperature na verwagting sou oorskry 40 grade Celsius (104 grade Fahrenheit) Maandag, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Nog een 393 Chinese cities and counties were forecast to swelter in temperatures of 35 grade Celsius (95 grade Fahrenheit) and above, the administration added.
Temperatures in China have been rising faster as die global average and the latest heat wave has raised new concerns about the pace of global warming.
    The latest heatwave, which is defined as periods of atypically hot weather lasting three days or more, is the second this month. Average daily temperatures are the highest since 1961, and on Sunday, 13 national weather stations in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces reached or surpassed local temperature records.
      A man hauls a cart loaded with coconuts at Gulangyu Island in Xiamen, Fujian province on July 24, 2022.

      The National Meteorological Center’s Chief Forecaster, Fu Jiaolan said the latest heatwave is expected to be similar to one that lasted almost two weeks from July 5-17, volgens staatsmedia. But this severe weather will likely impact more people as temperatures are expected to rise to thered alertlevel in more regions.
        China operates a four-tier weather warning system, where red alerts indicate temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius or higher, orange for 35 degrees Celsius or higher, followed by yellow and blue.
        Vanaf Maandag, 67 cities had issued red alerts. In Guangzhou, the local meteorological bureau expects the hot weather to last 23 dae, which would be the southern Chinese city’s longest heatwave since 1951.
          Chen Chunyan, chief expert at the Xinjiang Meteorological Observatory, told state media Sunday that the long duration of this heatwave has accelerated the melting of glaciers in the mountain ranges that border the region.
          Continued high temperature has accelerated glacial melting in mountainous areas, and caused natural disasters such as flash floods, mudslides, and landslides in many places,” Chen gesê.
          This unusual weather is not limited to Xinjiang, which is home to a large desert region and is used to hot temperatures. Sedert Mei, dozens of people in southern China have been killed and millions have been displaced due to severe flooding and landslides.
          Coupled with the heat waves, the extreme weather could have significant economic repercussions for China.
          A staff member feeds watermelon to a hippopotamus in Qingdao Forest Wildlife World, Shandong Province, Julie 19, 2022.

          Floods, droughts and tropical cyclones are estimated to cost China about $ 238 billion annually, volgens a verslag doen released last year by the World Meteorological Organization.
            And Chen said that if the heat wave continues in Xinjiang, it could also harm cotton production, an additional blow to China’s economy as it continues to contend with a pandemic-induced slowdown.
            China is the world’s second largest cotton producer and 85% of the cotton produced in China comes from Xinjiang.

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