In case you haven’t been outside lately, it’s really damn hot in Shanghai. We’re talking nearly 40 degrees Celsius hot. Apparently, if you so desired you could even fry up an egg on the deserted Bund under the sweltering mid-day sun.
According to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, Shanghai has experienced 10 days of continuous high temperatures, hitting a scorching peak yesterday of 39.2 degrees Celsius.
To demonstrate that it was in fact hot out, an enterprising team of reporters left an egg on the Bund to see if it would fry out in the sun. It took about 15 minutes.
So, if you can handle the heat, now might be an opportune time to head down to Shanghai’s most famous landmark for some clear sight lines and free scrambled eggs.
This has been one hellish summer across China, but it’s been a sorta convenient one for those lacking modern cooking tools. Last month, Beijingers fried shrimps on the street and Xi’an residents used the ground as a griddle to cook up some eggs of their own.
For more evidence, check out this helpful heat chart, which may be on fire itself.
The kind of good news that we have to look forward to is the arrival of Typhoon Soudelor, the strongest tropical cyclone so far of the 2015 season, which is expected to make landfall in China over the weekend and bring a merciful end to the days-long heatwave in Shanghai.
But then it might be back to living in a murky water world. Isn’t summer in Shanghai lovely?
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina News]