More than ten people have died of heatstroke due to sweltering temperatures during Shanghai’s hottest summer in over 140 years, according to Xinhua.
The Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention said the persisting high temperatures this summer have caused a spike in the number of heliosis patients in the city. But center officials declined to disclose the specific number of deaths.
Temperatures in Shanghai surpassed 39 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the 8th straight day for temperatures to rise above 38 degrees Celsius, the Shanghai Meteorological Center said.
Last Friday, temperatures in Shanghai were recorded as being the highest in the city since weather records started 140 years ago. With over 24 days of temperatures resting at or above 35 degrees Celcius so far, this July has been the hottest month since the weather records started.
The disease and control center said that 30 percent of patients who have died were hit by heatstroke while they were indoors. Doctors are now urging Shanghai residents, especially elderly citizens, to turn on their air conditioning, despite beliefs that air conditioning is unhealthy or a waste of money.
The unbearable temperatures across China have people taking advantage of whatever means they can to cool off, even if means breaking the law or floating immobile in a crowded pool of inflatable rings just for a taste of that cool, cool water.
The scorching temperatures have even resulted in the beheading of famous Buddha statues in Beijing’s Summer Palace.
Be careful out there.
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