(BEIJING) — Temperatures in China have reached record levels this month with at least 10 people suffering from fatal cases of heatstroke.
According to the BBC News, the city of Shanghai has experienced its hottest July in 140 years. The China Meteorological Administration issued a level-two emergency heat alert for nine provinces on Tuesday. The warning is expected to be in effect for four days, though some areas — south of the Yangtze River in particular — could see high temperatures lasting for the next five to eight days.
Temperatures have reached as high as 40.6 degrees Celsius — or 105.8 degerees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature recorded in Shanghai. In addition, the city has seen 24 days of temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius or higher, says the BBC News.
Television reporters have even successfully fried meat on an outdoor slab of marble.
The Chinese government continues to urge the public to avoid outdoor activities during the period of high temperatures.
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Susan Scutti, CNN
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