With temperatures in Chongqing comparable to Shanghai’s window-breaking heat, authorities there have introduced ‘spray cooling’ systems for bus stops in the city to provide some relief for commuters, and ensure that anyone who wasn’t already drenched in sweat gets nice and wet.
The spray cooling system, which runs between 10am and 6pm, sprays a mist of 5-7℃ over queuing passengers. According to authorities, the water used is purified tap water and fit to drink.
The system has been installed in four bus stops so far and is expected to roll out to a further 26 in Chongqing city centre.
In Shanghai, extreme temperatures are due to be alleviated in a more traditional manner when Typhoon Soulik hits the city in the next few days.
When Typhoon Haikui the city last year, Shanghai closed its parks, banned outdoor activities, canceled summer classes, and suspended outdoor construction. It is unclear at present whether similar precautions will be enforced for Soulik, which was recently upgraded by authorities to a super typhoon.