Temperatures in Shanghai were so high on Monday that a pork chop was fried within a few minutes on a street pavement. Recently temperatures have hit record highs in 42 regions and cities in China, according to news service China News.
Reporters from a Shanghai TV station, a local media, decided to try to cook some meat on the pavement to show how hot the weather has been. They then broadcast it on TV.
The reporters put some raw pork on a pavement in downtown Shanghai on Monday afternoon. One side of the pork was fried after 30 seconds of touching the ground. The meat was 80 per cent cooked after 10 minutes. The temperature was 39 degrees Celsius at the time, the reporters said.
Video: Pork cooks on Shanghai pavement as temperatures soar
Temperatures have been higher than 35 degree Celsius for more than 23 days in Shanghai. They broke meteorological records going back to 1934. The highest temperatures reached 40.6 degrees Celsius on July 26. This summer has been the city’s hottest ever, the local TV station reported.
Very hot weather was also reported other cities in China, such as Chongqing, Beijing and Tianjing. One-third of the mainland has been affected, according to news service China News.
The continuous hot weather has brought many problems. In many cities, more people reported feeling sick and some had to be hospitalised. The amount of electricity and water used has hit record highs in Ningbo, a city in China’s Zhejiang province, the news service reported.
Two people died of heat apoplexy - a condition caused by prolonged exposure to intense heat in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai Morning Post, a local newspaper.