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After hottest day of the year ... here come the showers

SHOWERS are set to bring some relief from the recent heat today - with temperatures dropping 10 degrees on yesterday, the hottest day of the year.

Today's top temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius, compared to 34 degrees yesterday, forecasters said.

Conditions are set to remain cloudy tomorrow and the overcast conditions, with readings ranging from 18 degrees to 25 degrees, should last until the weekend, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Yesterday, the mercury hit 33.7 degrees in downtown Xuhui District and reached 34.1 degrees in suburban Baoshan District, said the observatory. It was the third consecutive day for the high to reach 30 degrees.

Amid the sweltering conditions, commuters on crowded subway trains met varying degrees of comfort.

Makeshift fans

At some underground platforms and in trains on older lines, such as Line 1 and 2, passengers were seen using newspapers as makeshift fans. In contrast, conditions were relatively cool on the newer Line 9 and 10.

According to subway regulations, carriage temperatures must remain at about 28 degrees in summer while the outside temperature is below 35 degrees.

Once it surpasses 35 degrees Celsius outside, the carriage temperature shall be no less than 8 degrees Celsius lower than it is outside.

Air-conditioning setting are based on what is considered comfortable, but passengers may feel cold or hot, depending on how full a train is, said officials.

But drivers can adjust the temperature, said the Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Group. If passengers are unhappy with the temperature, they can speak to the driver through the emergency intercom system.


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