Megadrought: China reports ‘most severe’ heatwave and third driest summer on record

China reports ‘most severe’ heatwave and third driest summer on record. Average temperature in August was 1.2C higher than norm, which caused widespread drought
China reports ‘most severe’ heatwave and third driest summer on record. Average temperature in August was 1.2C higher than norm, which caused widespread drought. Picture showing people sitting on a section of a parched river bed along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China. via A_P/Gett_ty

China recorded its highest temperatures and one of its lowest levels of rainfall in 61 years during a two-month summer heatwave that caused forest fires, damaged crops and hit power supplies, the national meteorological agency said.

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The average national temperature in August, 22.4C, was 1.2C higher than the seasonal norm, while average rainfall fell 23% to 82mm, the third lowest since records began in 1961, according to Xiao Chan, the vice-director of China’s national meteorological administration.

He told reporters that 267 weather stations across China recorded their highest temperatures in history last month.

The heatwave between mid-June to the end of August was the “most severe” since records began in terms of duration, extent, intensity and impact, said Xiao.

The extreme temperature caused widespread drought in regions along the Yangtze River, south-western China and east and central Tibet. The persistent heat and drought caused forest fires and affected agricultural production, water resources and power supply, Xiao said. The Yangtze is the world’s third largest river, providing drinking water to more than 400 million Chinese people, and is the most vital waterway to China’s economy.

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Meanwhile, severe rainstorms hit various regions, including northern and southern China. Lightning, strong winds and hail hit 13 provinces and regions, including Inner Mongolia and Yunnan, in August.

The agency said it issued 65,000 weather alerts, mostly for extreme heat, in August – 26% up from the same month last year.

Officials told a press briefing they expected above-average temperatures to continue throughout September, and warned that fire prevention and strategic agricultural plans must be made to cope with the situation.

The meteorological administration last month deployed 75 flights of cloud-seeding drones to induce artificial rain over 1.45m sq km in southern China to alleviate the drought.

China has warned that extreme weather will probably persist in coming years as it tries to cope with the climate crisis and rising temperatures.

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The record-breaking drought has caused some rivers in China – including parts of the Yangtze – to dry up, affecting hydropower, halting shipping and forcing major companies to suspend operations. The loss of water flow to China’s extensive hydropower system has sparked a “grave situation” in Sichuan, which gets more than 80% of its energy from hydropower.

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    • They drained them I imagine. Worried about earthquakes causing them to fail. A failure of 3 Gorges would be the biggest disaster in modern history, at least. Same with dams here in USA. Drained them on purpose. Worried about earthquakes.

      • I highly doubt they drained that many of them.It would be far to obvious if they did.Though I am sure some were drawn down for repair and retrofitting for earthquakes
        Most people don’t realize that older earthen dams during draught were opened completely in order to inspect repair the dam and clean the bottom of the pond lake.They weren’t usually used for drinking water though.The principle is the same though.

  2. 400,000,000 people are going to be very thirsty. No reports on whether cloud seeding worked— so it probably failed or there would be happy communists —smiling and clapping with pictures of the emperor on their walls.

    • The only good Commie is a dead commie.
      Let them build coal power plants and hope like hell the Chines workers don’t kill them all.

    • I’m not sure they would tell anyone if it did suceed.The tech has been around for awhile and we know it works.
      No reason to think it didn’t work for them.Real question is did it help the farmers in time.

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