A hot weather warning is currently in force in 90 cities across China including Beijing and Guangzhou, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

The Chinese capital has seen temperatures in excess of 38 degrees Celsius in the past three days. On Monday, Beijing issued the first level 2 hot weather warning of the year, the second highest level, as temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius. The warning was still in force on Tuesday with highs of 38 degrees Celsius predicted.

People and animals alike are using all means to cool off as citizens break out the parasols, umbrella hats and facekinis.

A woman shields herself from the heat in front of the National Aquatics Center in Beijing. Photo: chinanews.com
People in Beijing carrying umbrellas to shield themselves from the heat. Photo: chinanews.com
Umbrella hats growing in popularity in Beijing. Photo: 李文明,东方IC via Sina.com
A man in Jinan, Shandong poses as he jumps into a lake. Photo: 雪旦 CFP via Sina.com
Two women in Qingdao, Shandong hit the beach wearing “facekinis”. Photo: 蔡静,东方IC via Sina.com
Beachgoers in Qingdao cool off, Shandong. Photo: 王海滨CFP via Sina.com
People in a theme park in Jinan, Shandong splash water on each other to cool off. Photo: CFP via Sina.com
A zookeeper in Jinan, Shandong splashes water on elephant. Photo: chinanews.com
A tiger enjoys a shower at a zoo in Jinan, Shandong. Photo: chinanews.com

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.