Shanghai struggles under orange heatwave alert

STORY: The relentless heatwave drove residents to seek the cool in public water fountains and raid shelters underground.

"This year, the heat has arrived a little earlier than before," said Zhu Daren, a Shanghai resident, as her five-year-old son played at a water fountain.

China is facing a summer of contrasts this year, with heatwaves and heavy rainfall taking turns to wreak havoc across the country.

Authorities, citing climate change, have warned of potential weather disasters from mid-July, traditionally the hottest and wettest time of the year.

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