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Cloud brings city welcome relief, but another heat wave on the way

SHANGHAI enjoyed some relief yesterday from the recent heat wave — thanks to a thunderstorm on Thursday and thick cloud over the city yesterday.

Cooler weather is expected today too, but then the mercury will rise again, with another scorching spell forecast.

Yesterday’s high was 34.6 degrees Celsius — after 13 consecutive days above 35 degrees. Jinshan District yesterday recorded a high of 32.4 degrees, the lowest in the city.

“Heavy cloud, weaker sunshine and the influence of Thursday’s thunderstorm have brought relief from the heat,” said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today’s highest temperature is set to be around 35 degrees, with thunderstorms expected.

But the cooler snap should end tomorrow, with the heat back for at least another week.

Highs will climb above the 35-degree mark next week, reaching 39 degrees, due to the influence of a subtropical high pressure front, Zhu said.

Thunderstorms will be more frequent as well, she added.

Tomorrow is expected to be cloudy with thunderstorms, with a high of 36 degrees and a low of 28 degrees.

Feeling the heat

Not only Shanghai’s human residents have been feeling the heat in recent weeks.

Despite efforts of keepers, a golden monkey at Shanghai Zoo has been undergoing treatment for symptoms of heatstroke, officials said yesterday.

Air conditioning has been turned on in the gorilla and giant panda enclosures, elephants and giraffes are being sprayed to help them cool down and hippos are being fed thirst-quenching watermelons.

China’s most iconic animal is among those vulnerable to the heat. Giant pandas are native to the cool forests of Sichuan Province, and cannot withstand temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius, so air conditioning is necessary, the zoo said.

The heat has created a test for cars, with three incidents of “self-ignition” yesterday.

No casualties were reported, but traffic was gridlocked as all the incidents occurred during morning rush hour.

In one incident, a car caught fire at 8am on Zhoujiazui Road, in Hongkou District.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission has ordered hospitals to lengthen opening hours due to the surge in numbers of out-patients due to the high temperatures.

More medics

Huadong Hospital has been opening its registration service at 7:15am and providing transfusion services to 10pm. More medical staff have been added on emergency shifts.

And the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center has opened more registration windows and increased registration time.

Meanwhile, the city’s traffic authorities have ordered bus operators to switch on the air-conditioning five minutes before buses leave, following complaints from passengers.


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