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Cannonball jumps are out of the question

Pity the poor swimmer who wanted to do some lengths. These extraordinary images show a busy Monday at the Suining public baths in China’s Sichuan province.

The pool is so crowded that only a rubber ring can ensure bathers of any personal space at all.

China is currently enjoying, if that’s the right word, a record-breaking heatwave with temperatures regularly soaring above 95 degrees Fahrenheit; 35 Celsius.

The NMC has issued a yellow-level weather alert, the third most severe on the Chinese system, warning that the heatwave affecting many parts of China will continue.

Under a yellow alert, people are advised to minimise outdoor activities in the afternoon and employers are asked to take measures to protect staff working outdoors from heatstroke.

The extreme heat has been causing energy shortages in some parts of China as air conditioning and refrigeration systems are pushed to the limit and blackouts have been imposed to conserve power.