Bacon fries on pavement as heat wave grips several Chinese cities
SHANGHAI (AP) - It's been so hot in China that folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.
The heat wave - the worst in at least 140 years in some parts - has left dozens of people dead and pushed thermometers above 40 degrees C in at least 40 cities and counties, mostly in the south and east.
Authorities for the first time have declared the heat a "level 2" weather emergency- a label normally invoked for typhoons and flooding.
"It is just hot! Like in a food steamer!" 17-year-old student Xu Sichen said outside the doors of a shopping mall in the southern financial hub of Shanghai while her friend He Jiali, also 17, complained that her mobile phone had in recent days turned into a "grenade."