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China's hottest August for more than 50 years

People gather to cool off on a beach on Aug 8, 2013, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province, as a record-setting summer heat wave hit much of China. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said,
People gather to cool off on a beach on Aug 8, 2013, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province, as a record-setting summer heat wave hit much of China. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents queue to get water from the tank of a truck in Hefei, Anhui province, on Aug 16, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavement
Residents queue to get water from the tank of a truck in Hefei, Anhui province, on Aug 16, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A child playing in a fountain to cool off as Shanghai continues to be hit by hotter than usual weather on Aug 11, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw
A child playing in a fountain to cool off as Shanghai continues to be hit by hotter than usual weather on Aug 11, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents crowd at a beach to escape from the summer heat in Dalian, Liaoning province, on Aug 11, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on
Residents crowd at a beach to escape from the summer heat in Dalian, Liaoning province, on Aug 11, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station to escape the summer heat in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Aug 12, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave
People sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station to escape the summer heat in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Aug 12, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A woman and a girl under a parasol walk in a scorching summer heat in Shanghai, China, on Aug 13, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on p
A woman and a girl under a parasol walk in a scorching summer heat in Shanghai, China, on Aug 13, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
A boy takes a bath in a washtub to cool off under scorching heat in Shanghai, China, on Aug 19, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pav
A boy takes a bath in a washtub to cool off under scorching heat in Shanghai, China, on Aug 19, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
Residents enjoy the spring water at a pool in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on
Residents enjoy the spring water at a pool in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
Residents meet at one of the many springs in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on
Residents meet at one of the many springs in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
A child plays with spring water sprouting from a stone dragon head at a popular spring park in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said
A child plays with spring water sprouting from a stone dragon head at a popular spring park in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
A child sprays water on a target at a popular spring park in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw
A child sprays water on a target at a popular spring park in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Aug 25, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- PHOTO: AP
Visitors eat ice cream as they rest on a corridor at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooke
Visitors eat ice cream as they rest on a corridor at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013. China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

BEIJING (AFP) - China has experienced its hottest August for more than half a century, weather authorities said, after a summer heatwave that saw meat cooked on pavements.

A map on the website of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) shows large parts of central and eastern China, and the western province of Xinjiang, had average daily maximum temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius between July 31 and August 29.

The highest temperature recorded was in Xinchang, in the coastal province of Zhejiang, where the mercury reached 44.1 degrees on Aug 11.

The average national temperature over the period was 22.3 degrees Celsius, the CMA said - the highest since it began compiling records in 1961 and 1.3 degrees higher than average.

Average national rainfall was 89.5 millimetres, 7.3 percent below normal, it added.

The figures come after much of the country was gripped by a heatwave, with at least 10 people dying of heatstroke in Shanghai.

At the time pictures showed people sheltering from the heat in air-conditioned shops or subways, and trying to cool off in swimming pools and rivers.

Footage of a slice of pork cooked through in 10 minutes on an outdoor stone slab, taken by a Shanghai TV station, went viral online.

"It turns out that the only difference between me and roast meat is a pinch of cumin," joked one user on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.