Dangerous heatwaves engulf parts of China, US and Europe

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At least 86 Chinese cities issue alerts, while temperatures soar in south-west and central US and Iberian peninsula


People walk on the street wearing masks and with umbrellas
Pedestrians in the Minhang district of Shanghai on Sunday. Authorities have told residents to prepare for unusually hot weather.Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Vincent Ni, China affairs correspondent,Sam Jonesin Madrid andNina Lakhaniin New YorkTue 12 Jul 2022 10.56 EDT

Dangerous heatwaves are engulfing parts of China,Europe, south-west and central US this week, as dozens of cities have found themselves dealing with soaring summer temperatures.

By Tuesday afternoon, at least 86 Chinese cities in eastern and southern parts of the country had issued heat alerts. Chinese meteorologists forecast temperatures in some cities would top 40C (104F) in the next 24 hours.

In Shanghai, China’s most populous city, the authorities have told its 25 million people to prepare for unusually hot weather. Since record-keeping began in 1873, Shanghai has…

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