Chinese seek relief from scorching heat

Updated 2017-07-24 17:11:09 Xinhua
Tourists enjoy themselves in a water park in Chongqing. (Photo/Xinhua)

Tourists enjoy themselves in a water park in Chongqing. (Photo/Xinhua)

As high temperatures scorch China, people are finding surprising ways to beat the heat and turn a profit.

China's meteorological authority renewed an orange alert Monday morning as a heat wave is expected to sweep across much of the country.

On Monday, a heat wave will hit much of central and southern China, with temperatures in parts of Shanghai as well as Henan, Shandong and Fujian provinces hitting 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Some areas are even likely to see temperatures surpass 40 degrees Celsius, it added.

The NMC advised people in affected regions to take precautions against heat stroke and fire, including avoiding outdoor activities.

China has a four-tier weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Last week, a student from Liberia suffered acute facial paralysis, after spending five days in an air-conditioned room in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. Temperatures in the city exceeded 30 degrees Celsius throughout the week.

The student, Jones, who studies rice cultivation in Changsha, turned on his air conditioner all night to escape the scorching heat, according to Hunan Economic TV Station.

"I'm from Liberia, and we do have very hot weather, but not compared to the past days in Changsha," he said. "It has been very hot."

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