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Heatwave in Southern China Strains Power Grid, Threatens Crops

  • Shanghai issues red alert as some regions see record heat
  • Hot weather comes at crucial time for China’s early rice

A blistering heatwave sweeping across southern China is threatening crops and adding strain to the local power grids, as the Asian nation becomes the latest region around the globe battling searing temperatures. 

Shanghai, China’s financial hub, on Wednesday issued a red alert, the highest level heat warning, as the temperature was expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Cities in Sichuan and economic powerhouses Jiangsu and Zhejiang also issued red alerts after temperatures in parts of the region hit records