An reader reports from Shanghai, "It is hell here. It is far worse than they are saying. The heat is unbelievable, the streets are melting." He goes on to say that the hospitals are clogged and the government is not admitting the truth of just how many people are being affected by Shanghai’s worst heat wave in the 140 years that temperature records have been kept in the city.

Shanghai’s extreme heat wave joins dozens of other weather extremes, ranging from violent storms to flooding to heat waves and drought from around the world that have characterized Earth’s climate in 2013. Today’s temperature in Shanghai reached 105.4F, and it is expected to reach 106. Meteorologists anticipate that a cooling trend will set in later in the month.

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