A woman (R) holds an umbrella over a man as he holds his daughter while walking along a street in Beijing on July 28, 2013
At least 10 people have died of heatstroke in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as the city faces its hottest July in 140 years.
The Shanghai Municipal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that at least 10 people had died of high temperatures up to last Friday in the city, declining to disclose the exact number of deaths.
China Meteorological Association issued heat alert for nine central and eastern provinces, saying the temperature could reach 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) later in the day.
"Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Chongqing and Shanghai meteorological bureaus should enter into emergency response on the basis of actual weather conditions," the association said.
The Association also called on people to stay indoors and take protective measures against the heat.
Shanghai has been with temperatures at or above 35C over the past 24 days, figures from the Shanghai Meteorological bureau show.
Experts reportedly blame lack of rain and a subtropical high pressure system for the record high temperatures.