China’s trifecta of summertime natural disasters includes torrential rain, tornadoes, and a blistering heat wave in the north.
The floods and tornadoes are destructive and deadly, but Chinese state media warned over the weekend that the northern heat wave could be the most expensive, dangerous, and lingering weather crisis because it could trigger a food shortage.
China’s state-run Global Times reported on Saturday that the National Meteorological Center raised the heatwave alert level in seven northern provinces to orange, the second most severe level. Temperatures in parts of those provinces have exceeded 40 degrees Centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit.)
The orange alert level advises residents to minimize outdoor activity, including important labor such as construction, sanitation, and farming:
Experts previously predicted that the