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China renews red alert for high temperatures

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China’s national observatory on Tuesday renewed a red alert for high temperatures, the most severe warning in its four-tier warning system, as heatwaves continue in many parts of the country.

 Parts of Gansu, Shaanxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Guangdong and Guangxi are expected to experience high temperatures of 35 to 39 degrees Celsius, Xinhua news agency reported citing the National Meteorological Center.

Temperatures in Shaanxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian may exceed 40 degrees Celsius, the meteorological centre said. 

Local authorities should take emergency measures against heatwaves, suspend outdoor work that exposes workers to high temperatures, take precautions when it comes to fire safety, and take particular care of vulnerable groups, the centre said. 

China has a four-tier, colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Amid high temperatures in various parts of the country, the Beijing authorities have advised local authorities to take emergency measures against heatwaves, suspend outdoor work that is exposed to high temperatures, pay close attention to fire safety and take particular care of vulnerable groups.

Sun Shao, a senior research fellow from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, told the Global Times, that this year’s heat wave is the strongest since China started meteorological observations in 1961, and the longes.

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