Temperatures hit a 39.1 degrees Celsius high on the 29th of July as Shanghai continued on its way to set the record for it’s hottest July in 140 years,
Reporters in Shanghai set out to test just how unbelievably hot the day was by doing an experiment: cooking. The reporter went to the People’s Square and laid a piece of pork (五花肉, wuhuarou) on the marble floor. After thirty seconds, the bottom of the meat was already white. After ten minutes, the pork was medium-well done. The reporter also stood a candle on the ground, which started to melt shortly. You can watch how the experiments were done in the video below, starting at 1:44.
The experiments were done at 1 o’clock, at which time the temperature had already reached 39 degrees Celsius. The news went viral on Sina Weibo, which served as an inspiration for reporters and Netizens across China. They joined in and posted pictures of the extreme heat in each region. Last weekend, tens of thousands of Chinese showed up at a lake resort at the same time, turning it into a huge pot of human dumpling soup.
However, the heat has not proven fun for all. Xinhua News reports that heatstroke has claimed 10 lives in Shanghai this summer, a reminder of the dangers of this current heat-wave.