Record High Temperature of 52 Degrees Celsius Hits Remote City in Northwestern China
In an unprecedented weather event, the remote city of Shanpao in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region experienced a scorching temperature of 52.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday, as reported by the official Chinese newspaper, Xinjiang Daily. This astonishing record-breaking high comes just six months after the country endured frigid temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius.
Extreme Heatwave Sweeps Tulufan Basin
Located in the Tulufan Basin, Shanpao City found itself engulfed in blistering heat as the mercury soared to extraordinary levels. Experts predict that this sweltering weather pattern will persist for at least another five days, leaving the region in the grips of an intense heatwave.
Surpassing the previous record of 50.3 degrees Celsius set in 2015 near Aiting Lake within the Tulufan Basin, this new high further emphasizes the impact of rising temperatures in this vast region characterized by sand dunes and a desiccated lake situated more than 150 meters (492 feet) below sea level.
Rapidly Changing Climate across Asia
Asian countries have been confronting unprecedented temperature extremes since April, signaling a worrisome challenge in adapting to rapidly changing climatic conditions. With climate experts asserting that the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the long run is now beyond our grasp, concerns regarding the resilience of nations across the continent continue to mount.
Prolonged High Temperatures Create Concerns
The prolonged and scorching heat in China has inflicted significant strain on the power grid and agricultural sector. Moreover, the specter of a recurrence of the severe drought experienced over the past year, ranking as the worst in six decades, looms large.
US and China Collaborate in Fight against Global Warming
This week, the United States and China reaffirm their commitment to combatting the global climate crisis, with US Special Envoy John Kerry embarking on a visit to Beijing. Mr. Kerry will engage in discussions with his Chinese counterpart, Mr. Xia Zhenhua, China’s Special Envoy for Climate, in a continued effort to address the urgent need for collective action.
The official Chinese newspaper Xinjiang Daily said that a remote city in northwestern China hit a record high of 52 degrees Celsius on Sunday (July 16). After China only faced temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius six months ago.
The report says that the temperature in Tulufan Basin, Shanpao City in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region rose to 52.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to remain hot at that level for at least another five days.
The temperature also beat the previous record of 50.3 degrees Celsius, set in 2015 near Aiting Lake in the Tulufan Basin. This is a large basin of sand dunes and a dry lake. and is more than 150 meters (492 feet) below sea level.
since April Countries across Asia are facing record breaking temperatures. This raises concerns about their ability to adapt to rapidly changing climatic conditions. According to climate experts, The goal of keeping global warming in the long term to 1.5 degrees Celsius is beyond our reach.
In addition, prolonged high temperatures in China have affected the power grid and crops. And concerns were expressed that the drought of the past year will repeat itself. which is the worst in 60 years.
This week, the US and China are once again trying to fight global warming, with US Special Envoy John Kerry visiting Beijing. to discuss with Mr. Xia Zhenhua, China’s Special Envoy for Climate
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