Authorities issued a “Red Alert” on Friday the 21st when a heat wave broke all records for the city of Shanghai since 1872. Hospitals in the city have reported increased numbers of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses, according to state media, and the Shanghai zoo said it was putting large blocks of ice into some animal enclosures to help them beat the heat, while providing frozen apples to its pandas. Emergency services such as Fire and Ambulance were stretched to their limits.
Shanghai’s “red alert” – the first this year – is triggered when temperatures in excess of 40°C are forecast and comes with a warning to citizens to keep cool and avoid too much time outdoors, especially children, the elderly, or the sick.
Shanghai is getting hotter – the previous record of 40.8°C was set only in 2013, and eight of the 12 highest temperatures reached over the past century were recorded in the last five years, according to the city weather bureau.