The latest heatwave has hammered an area of 5.021 million square kilometers in China since June 13, affecting more than 900 million people, according to the National Climate Center.
Deaths due to severe heat stroke have been reported in east China’s Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces and southwest Sichuan Province from the beginning of July.
Global warming is the root cause of the frequent heatwaves in the Northern Hemisphere in recent years, according to an expert from the center.
How many days of high temperatures?
From June to July 12, China recorded an average of 5.3 days of high temperatures – above 35 degrees Celsius – the most during the same period since 1961, the center said.
High temperatures occurred 10 to 20 days in the south of Shaanxi, Henan and Hebei provinces, central and western parts of Shandong Province, the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang,…