Shanghai breaks more than century-old heat record in sweltering May

With temperatures reaching 36.1 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday in Shanghai, the city had its warmest May day in more than a century, extending a severe pattern of unseasonably hot weather throughout the nation since March.

Weather experts have already projected another scorching summer, a repetition of last year’s record-breaking more than two-month stretch, and several southern Chinese provinces are expected to wilt under excessive heat during the coming days.

According to bureau records, the peak temperature recorded by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau on Monday exceeded the previous May record of 35.7 degrees Celsius set in 1876, 1903, 1915, and 2018. In June, July, and August, the region generally experiences even greater temperatures.

Earlier, numerous municipalities in the more than 80 million-person Sichuan province issued high-temperature warnings, with some locations reaching a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius, according to local media.

According to official media, the maximum temperature in several cities in Sichuan, which is in southwest China, would exceed 38 degrees Celsius, and hit 42 degrees Celsius in other places, over the course of the next three to five days.

The majority of southern China, including the provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan, will experience temperature increases above 35 degrees Celsius from now through Wednesday, with some regions hitting 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

China, which is renowned for its harsh weather, has also had weeks of nonstop downpours in some areas.

As a precaution owing to severe rainfall in the region, thousands of people had been evacuated as of Monday in northeast Sichuan province, according to local emergency response authorities.

In the meantime, the neighbouring Chongqing municipality issued a flood alert on Monday, predicting that heavy rains and reservoir discharge would cause water levels at the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, to climb by roughly 6 metres on Tuesday.

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