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Beijing experiences its warmest June day on record.

As millions across densely populated northeast China experience heat wave conditions expected to linger into the weekend, the mercury in Beijing climbed past 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday, setting a new record for the capital’s warmest day in June.

According to state media The Beijing News, Thursday’s record high temperature of 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) surpassed the previous record high temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit), established on June 10, 1961, when China began maintaining precise statistics.

The Beijing Meteorological Observatory issued a “red” heat warning for the city on Friday, the highest level possible. This means that everyone should stay indoors and that those who are particularly vulnerable, such as the young and the old, should take extra care to stay cool.

On Friday, a red alert was also in effect for the provinces of Hebei and Shandong in the region’s northeast, as well as the city of Tianjin.

China suffered its worst heat wave and drought in decades last summer, disrupting agricultural and industrial supply networks and creating widespread power outages.

This year’s harsh weather has arrived even early than usual; since March, record seasonal highs have been set in dozens of Chinese cities. Many pigs, bunnies, and fish may have perished in the heat, according to media reports.

Scientists predict that as the climate issue worsens, deadly, record-breaking heat waves will become more common and severe.

The new heat wave comes only weeks after Shanghai, China’s business and financial powerhouse, experienced the warmest day in May in more than a century on May 29 (reaching 36.1 degrees Celsius, or nearly 97 degrees Fahrenheit).

The average high temperature in June is 31 degrees C (88 degrees F). Meteorologists, however, predict that temperatures will continue much above normal in northern and northeastern China for the foreseeable future.

On Friday and Saturday, temperatures in Beijing could reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), but by early next week, they are expected to decrease to the mid 30s (upper 90s to low 100s Fahrenheit).

Reservoirs dried up in the Chinese province of Sichuan due to extreme heat and drought last year, cutting off electricity to a region of China that depends largely on hydropower installations.

Manufacturing facilities, such as Tesla’s, were impacted by the power shortage, and provincial authorities imposed shutdowns in an effort to conserve energy.

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