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Red heat alert issued as mercury soars above 40 degrees

THE city's weather bureau issued its highest heat alert this afternoon as the temperature rocketed to more than 40 degrees Celsius.

The red alert was raised as the mercury reached 40.2 degrees, the second-highest temperature in the city since records began in 1934.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau suggested people stop all outdoor activities, especially those requiring physical exertion.

The red heat alert is issued when the mercury rises above 40 degrees. A yellow alert indicates the temperature will rise to 35 degrees or above while an orange alert means the mercury will reach at least 37 degrees.

Meanwhile, those gearing up to watch the total solar eclipse on Wednesday may be disappointed big time.

People in Shanghai will likely be unable to view the rare astronomical event due to rain, weathermen said.

The solar eclipse will take place between about 8:23pm and 11:01am Beijing time. The total solar eclipse is expected to take place between 9:36am and 9:41am.

Wednesday's total solar eclipse will be the longest that can be observed in China between 1814 and 2309. People across China within an area 250-kilometers wide and 10,000-kilometers long will be able to see the total eclipse. The area includes the populous Yangtze River valley including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei and Sichuan provinces, as well as Chongqing Municipality.

Yesterday the high peaked at 37.7 degrees in Xujiahui area and Pudong New Area. It was the sixth day in succession with the mercury above 35 degrees. The city issued a yellow alert yesterday morning and upgraded it to an orange alert in the afternoon.

The high will drop to 35 degrees tomorrow and rain tomorrow night will bring the temperature down to about 30 degrees on Wednesday.


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