According to reports, large parts of Central and Eastern China, and the Western province of Xinjiang had average daily maximum temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius between July 31 and August 29.

The highest temperature was recorded in Xinchang where the mercury reached 44.1 degrees on August 11.

China Meteorological Administration spokesperson Chen Zhenlin said that the country’s average temperature in August stood at 22.3 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than the average level in previous years.
Shanghai, China's biggest city with over 20 million people, experienced some of the hottest days in history with temperatures soaring up to 40.8 degrees Celsius, the highest ever recorded since the business hub's meteorological records began 140 years ago.

Chinese meteorologists have attributed the extremely hot weather to a number of factors, including strong and stable subtropical high pressure, the absence of typhoons and global warming.
However, temperatures in most part of the country have come down during the past few days with several places witnessing heavy rains.


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