BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai, China’s commercial capital, and dozens of other Chinese cities baked in scorching temperatures as unusually hot weather warped roads, blew roof tiles and caused people to seek the coolness in underground shelters. As of 3 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, 86 cities had issued red alerts, the highest in a three-tier alert system, warning of temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in the next 24 hours. Construction and other outdoor work should be halted.
Shanghai has told its population of 25 million to prepare for hot weather this week after issuing its first red alert in five years on Sunday. Since records began in 1873, Shanghai has only experienced 15 days of temperatures above 40°C.
In a photo shared on social media, a Covid health worker in a full-body hazmat suit hugged a meter-high block of ice at the side of a road. Authorities citing climate change have warned of disasters from mid-July, usually the hottest and wettest time of the year.
In a town of Jiangxi Provincea section of a vaulted road (6 inches because of the heat, state television showed. Nanjing, one of China’s three “furnaces” known for their scorching summers, has opened its underground air-raid shelters residents since Sunday, with its war bunkers equipped with Wireless, books and microwave ovens. The city issued a red alert on Tuesday.
In Chongqing, the second “furnace” melted the roof of a museum, the tiles of a traditional Chinese roof bursting as the heat dissolved the underlying tar.

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