Wednesday Jul 31, 201306:01 PM GMT
Chinese authorities issue heat wave warning in Shanghai
 People take shelter from the ongoing heatwave in an area of China.
People take shelter from the ongoing heatwave in an area of China.
Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:59PM
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Chinese authorities have issued heat wave warning around its commercial hub Shanghai after record-breaking temperatures caused deaths.


The China Meteorological Administration on Wednesday issued a "red" heat wave warning around Shanghai as temperatures surpassed 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

At least ten people have died so far due to severe heat in Shanghani, which is China’s largest city.

Shanghai is experiencing the hottest July in over a hundred years.

Authorities have also issued an "orange" alert in more than half a dozen provinces amid warnings temperatures could reach 41 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures across the country are also expected to rise especially in the eastern and southern provinces.

Experts blame a sub-tropical high pressure system and a lack of rain for record temperatures.

JR/KA
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