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Is China's economy ready for heatwaves
Updated: 2005-07-07 07:26

The unexpected early arrival of heatwaves throughout China this year has brought about nationwide power and water shortage, posing a stern challenge to China's economy.

Tourists are showered with fountain water in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, July 6, 2005. [newsphoto]

In the first 10 days of July, the Chinese Central Meteorological Station forecast shows that high temperature, at least 35 degrees Celsius, will prevail in most parts of China. Temperature in some regions is likely to top 40 degrees Celsius.

The hottest areas will include north China, where Beijing, China's Capital, and several important economic centers are located, the major part of south China, regions along the Yangtze and Huaihe Rivers and part of southwest China.

China's economic hub, Shanghai, experienced its hottest days in the past 70 years when the temperature hit 39 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The municipality consecutively issued three "black warning signals", the top disaster-warning level.

Residents in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, have been suffering temperatures of above 35 degrees Celsius for ten days in succession since late June, which has never happened since the city began keeping meteorological records in 1907.

The unusually unremitting high temperatures posed a direct challenge to China's power supply system.
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