ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, China (CCTV/CNN) - Longjing tea plant leaves withered in their fields due to sustained scorching temperature in eastern China's Zhejiang Province this month.
Extreme heat has been covering most of China for a month. According to the National Meteorological Department, 19 out of 34 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and special administrative regions, have reported temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Farenheit), and Zhejiang alone has experienced more than 20 days in that range.
Over 38 degrees Celsius air has been heating Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang, since July 23. The heat has crisped leaves and dried creeks.
The famous Longjing tea plants have started to have their leaves wither, meanwhile a famous resort known as Nine Creeks and Eighteen Gullies had its featured creeks dried up.
"The creeks have been dry for more than a week," said a resident.
According to meteorologists in Zhejiang the heat will continue on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures estimated to be rising to 37 to 39 degrees Celsius (98.6 to 102.2 degrees Farenheit).