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Record Heat in China (published in News-O-Matic on Wednesday, July 31, 2013)
Millions of people in China seek relief from a record heat wave.
One of the world’s largest cities is having its hottest summer. The 23 million residents of Shanghai, China, have been dealing with a heat wave that won’t go away. The city reached 105°F, its hottest temperature since 1873. With 24 days of at least 95°F, it had its warmest July ever. At least 10 people have died from the extreme heat.
Chinese people have been trying to stay cool in different ways. About 15,000 people jumped into a wave pool in a resort in central China. Others are spending time in air-conditioned houses and stores. Workers in Chinese zoos have even had to cool off animals with water spray and watermelon snacks.
The Chinese government has warned people not to go outside during the hottest part of the day. The temperature could reach new record highs today.
By Russell Kahn
residents: locals; people who live in an area
extreme: strong; intense
Fact: A Chinese TV news station put a piece of pork outside and showed how it cooked in the Shanghai heat.
Act: If it gets hot where you are, make sure you stay cool. Drink lots of water and don’t spend much time outside during the middle of the day.
Fun Fact: More people live in Shanghai than in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined!