China issues national drought alert after weeks of extreme heat

The national 'yellow alert', issued late on Thursday

The alert is two notches short of the most serious warning on Beijing's scale.

government officials repeatedly citing global climate change as the cause.

The district of Beibei, north of Chongqing's urban center,saw temperatures hit 45 degrees.

saw temperatures hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday, according to China's weather bureau.

Chongqing accounted for six of the 10 hottest locations in the country on Friday morning

State forecasters also predicted that the current heatwave would only start to abate Aug. 26.