On Wednesday, 84 cities across the country issued their highest level of red alerts, which means temperatures are expected to top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Administration. Shanghai reported 40 degrees Celsius for the first time this year on Sunday.
China The heatwave has pushed demand for electricity to extreme levels in many regions as people turn on air conditioners.
On Tuesday, Zhejiang Province is a major export and manufacturing center. on the east coast – 65 million inhabitants called him and enterprises to save energy.
“In order to provide electricity to residents and businesses … we call on the entire community to take joint action to save electricity,” the provincial power department and the State Grid said in a joint statement.
Zhejiang’s power bureau has also rationed power for some energy-intensive firms such as polyester manufacturers and textile printing and dyeing companies in the cities of Hangzhou, Shaoxing and Haining, analysts at several Chinese brokerage firms said.
High temperatures are also hitting China’s crop production, threatening to fuel food inflation.
The Central Meteorological Observatory has warned that high temperatures could negatively impact corn, soybean, wheat and pasture production in many northern provinces such as Ningxia, Inner Mongolia and Hebei.
Earlier this month, a number of major feed manufacturers, including the New Hope Group, warned customers that they would raise prices for pig, poultry and fish feed due to rising prices for soybean meal, corn and wheat. Most of the price increases happened last week.
Pork, a staple food in China, has been particularly hard hit as soybeans and corn are the main ingredients used in pig farming.
By the week ending July 1, hog prices had risen 46%. March, according to the latest figures from the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.
– Jessie Yeung and Sean Deng of CNN contributed to the story.