The heat wave in China has residents looking for relief: Photos

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The world in photos: China — hotter than ever

The world is seeing more frequent heat waves, in more corners of the globe, but this week’s extreme heat across more than half of China merits a special mention. More than 80 Chinese cities have experienced heat warnings; some 900 million people have been affected, according to the country’s National Climate Center; and 70 weather stations have recorded record-high temperatures — including one in Shanghai, where the mercury hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday.

This curation of photos looks at how communities and residents in China are coping — buying up blocks of ice, jamming water parks and heading for air-raid shelters. That’s right — air-raid shelters. In Nanjing, where some 1,000 shelters were built in the 1970s as tensions with the Soviet Union ran high, Sixth Tone reports that people are sheltering not from bombs but from the baking sun. Local officials have stocked these underground refuges with cold drinks, television screens and medical aid, while the national government has ordered a halt on all outdoor work when temperatures reach 104 degrees.

Finally, pity the covid-19 workers in these places. China continues to impose its strict “zero-covid” measures, and so there are still lots of people wearing the full hazmat suits of the covid testers and other healthcare workers. Chinese social media has featured images of these workers in several of the cities affected by the current heat wave. They may be among the most relieved to know that the current broil is expected to ease next week.

YICHANG,CHINA - JULY 14, 2022 - A thermometer shows the surface temperature has exceeded 40 degrees in Yichang, Hubei Province, China, on July 14, 2022. According to the National Climate Center, China has experienced its first regional heat wave of the year since June 13, with a wide range, long duration, strong extreme and large impact, affecting more than 900 million people. (Photo credit should read CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 12, 2022 - A worker moves ice at an ice factory in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, July 12, 2022. On The same day, Hangzhou meteorological Observatory issued the first red alert for high temperature this year. (Photo credit should read CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
CHONGQING, CHINA - JULY 13:A girl holding a portable electric fan walks on the street amid high temperature on July 13, 2022 in Chongqing, China. (Photo by He Penglei/China News Service via Getty Images)
CHONGQING, CHINA - JULY 14: A man shields himself with a fan against heat wave on July 14, 2022 in Chongqing, China. (Photo by He Penglei/China News Service via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 13: A man washes his face to cool off on July 13, 2022 in Shanghai, China. The temperatures in Shanghai hit 40.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday afternoon, a record high in the city's highest temperature on record since 1873. (Photo by Yin Liqin/China News Service via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - JULY 10, 2022 - People walk into the Beijiyan Civil air defense project in Nanjing, Capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, July 10, 2022. (Photo credit should read CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - JULY 10, 2022 - People cool off at the Beijiyan Civil air Defense project in Nanjing, Capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, July 10, 2022. (Photo credit should read CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
HUAI'AN, CHINA - JULY 3, 2022 - An aerial photo taken on July 3, 2022 shows tourists playing in the Beluga Water World in Huaian City, East China's Jiangsu province. (Photo credit should read CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
NANNING, CHINA - JULY 12: Children cool off at a fountain during a hot summer day on July 12, 2022 in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. (Photo by Chen Guanyan/China News Service via Getty Images)
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    Tom Nagorski

    Global Editor

    Tom Nagorski is the global editor at Grid, where he oversees our coverage of global security, U.S.-China relations, migration trends, global economics and U.S. foreign policy.

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