Chinese meteorological authorities have labeled this summer the hottest since nationwide records began, Xinhua reports.
Temperatures reached a record-breaking, blistering 44 degrees celsius (111.2 fahrenheit) in Xinchang, Zhejiang province, which has been on an orange alert for the past 21 days.
“On Aug 6, the heat reached a peak, affecting more than 700 million people in 19 provinces and regions,” said Wang Youmin, a researcher with the China Meteorological Administration’s National Climate Center.
As of Wednesday, eight of the worst-affected provinces, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Jiangxi, had recorded an average maximum temperature of 35.6 C since July, with temperatures at 477 weather sites setting a record, the National Meteorological Center said.
Climatologist Li Weijing said, “With a background trend of global warming, extreme events like abnormally hot summers and cold winters will become frequent.”
Over 10 people have died in Shanghai due to the extreme temperatures, which have sent the city’s poorer residents scurrying for air-conditioned shelter in subway stations and Ikea.
A Ningbo man suffered severe third degree burns after he passed out due to the heat and lay unconscious in the sun until a passerby discovered him and called for help.
The aptly named Flaming Mountain in Xinjiang hit 70 degrees celsius (158 fahrenheit) on August 11, enabling locals to bake eggs on the sand.
Not all of China has had hot weather however, one part of Xinjiang (which, it should be pointed out, spans 1.6 million square kilometres, so has multiple climates) woke up to a freak August snow. These photos will either cool you down or fill you with sweaty jealousy: