Record heat wave kills 10 in Shanghai

AFP-JIJI

More than 10 people have died in Shanghai, a local health official said Wednesday as China’s commercial hub grapples with its highest temperatures in at least 140 years.

Much of China is in the grip of a summer heat wave, and the China Meteorological Association issued a high temperature warning for several eastern and central provinces, saying temperatures could reach 41 degrees on Wednesday.

Leng Guangming, a spokesman at the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said there had been at least 10 victims of heat stroke up to last Friday in the city. He declined to give a more precise or more recent number.

City forecasters said temperatures were “rising rapidly” and could reach 40 in People’s Square on Wednesday.

The temperature reached 40.6 last Friday, topping a previous high of 40.2 in 1934 and the highest since records began in 1873, the official Xinhua News Agency said earlier.