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Sweltering Temperatures Prompt China Heat Advisory

Children cool off on floating tube at Houhai Lake during summer heat in Beijing, July 28, 2013.
A record heat wave across much of China has claimed several lives and prompted Chinese authorities to issue an emergency heat advisory.

The state-run Xinhua news agency says local officials reported over 10 deaths from heatstroke in Shanghai, which has seen nine straight days of temperatures over 38 degrees Celsius. Officials says this is Shanghai's hottest July in 140 years.

For the first time ever, the China Meteorological Administration has issued a level two emergency response, warning citizens to cut down on outdoor activity and make sure they have access to air conditioning inside.

The heat advisory covers nine provinces throughout south and central China, including Shanghai, Chongqing, and Hunan.

Conditions are not expected to improve soon, with forecasters warning that some areas south of the Yangtze River could see temperatures lingering above 35 degrees for another week.