Shanghai breaks 100-year heat record

NEW DELHI: Shanghai recorded its hottest May day in 100 years on Monday, with temperatures reaching 36.1 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit). The previous record, 35.7 degrees Celsius, was set in 1876.
According to statistics from the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, Monday’s maximum temperature surpassed the previous May record of 35.7 degrees Celsius set in 1876, 1903, 1915 and 2018. Typically, temperatures in the region climb even higher in June, July and August.
The heat wave in Shanghai has caused widespread disruption. Schools have been closed and many companies have had to reduce their hours. Residents were asked to stay indoors and drink plenty of fluids.
A Shanghai resident named Wu, speaking to AFP, noted: ‘It’s an environmental issue; the world is going to get hotter and hotter. I have a feeling that summers are getting a lot hotter every year. I turn on the air conditioning earlier than before. .”
The heat wave in Shanghai is part of a larger trend of global warming, which is causing temperatures to rise around the world. In recent weeks, many countries have experienced deadly heatwaves and record temperatures.
In India, temperatures have reached 44 degrees Celsius and are set to rise further in the coming days. In Bangladesh, Dhaka experienced the hottest day in 60 years. And in Thailand, the city of Tak recorded its highest-ever temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius.
Scientists say global warming is exacerbating adverse weather events and the trend is likely to continue in the coming years. The United Nations has warned that 2023-2027 is likely to be the warmest five-year period on record.
The heat wave reminds us of the urgent need to tackle climate change. Governments around the world must act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.
In recent weeks, China has been grappling with sustained heavy rains in some regions, adding to its reputation for experiencing extreme weather conditions.
Following heavy rains, local emergency response authorities said thousands of people have been evacuated in the northeastern province of Sichuan since Monday as a precautionary measure.
Also on Monday, the neighboring municipality of Chongqing issued a warning about the risk of flooding. The municipality anticipated that the water level in the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, will rise about 6 meters on Tuesday due to heavy downpours and the release of water from reservoirs.
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