China’s National Meteorological Centre has issued a yellow weather alert for large parts of the country as a heatwave continues to bake central and southern areas.
Daytime temperatures are expected to soar above 35 degrees Celsius in parts of Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, the centre said.
Temperatures could reach 40 degrees in other areas including central and eastern parts of Sichuan province and most areas of Chongqing .
Sichuan has issued an orange weather alert for eight consecutive days.
Chongqing’s meteorological centre issued a red alert on Monday, the highest level, with surface temperatures rising to about 50 degrees.
Some people in Chongqing put meat and eggs on a hot railway track on Monday and cooked them for an hour, the news website Ifeng.com reported.
The scorching hot weather has also damaged crops in Inner Mongolia.
The Hinggan area has suffered because of the continuously hot and dry weather from July onwards, according to the Inner Mongolia Daily.
Some 9,754 square kilometres of land in the area has been hit by drought, the report said. Some 3,335 square kilometres will produce no harvest, according to the article.
China has a four-tier warning system for severe weather, with red the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.