China records hottest August since records began in 1961

China suffered from a particularly long heat wave this summer.

China records hottest August since records began in 1961

China suffered from a particularly long heat wave this summer. Temperatures of more than 40 degrees were measured for days in several provinces. The number of hot days was "unusually high" in August, CCTV reported. August was also the third driest month since records began, with rainfall 23.1 percent below average.

The heat has also led to power shortages in several provinces as heavy use of air conditioning has caused consumption to skyrocket. At the same time, the level of many reservoirs fell, so that the hydroelectric power plants could not keep up with the electricity production. In the province of Sichuan, electricity was therefore temporarily rationed, and some companies even had to stop production.

According to scientists, man-made climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts.

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