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Blistering! Mercury hits 39.6C

Shanghai set a new record for the hottest day of the year, for the third day in a row, as the temperature soared to 39.6 degrees Celsius.

But for those suffering in this prolonged heat wave there is some good news as the blistering heat is expected to fade gradually beginning today, weathermen said.

According to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau's five-day forecast, the maximum temperature will drop to 37 degrees today and will keep dipping day-by-day until it reaches 34 degrees on Saturday.

Afternoon showers are possible each day, the bureau said.

"With a subtropical high moving to the north, the southwest wind will turn to the southeast and the temperature should drop," said Man Liping, a chief service officer of the bureau.

Today's forecast calls for clouds with a chance of thundershowers. The temperatures should range between 30 and 37 degrees.

Tomorrow will be the same except the mercury will range between 28 and 36 degrees, the bureau said.

Yesterday was the sixth consecutive high-temperature day, when the mercury hits 35 degrees or above, and the 14th this year.

The bureau issued an orange heat alert, the second highest of a three-level system, at 7:50am and a yellow thunder alert, the lowest of a three-level system, at 4:55pm.

The temperature started falling when it rained in the late afternoon, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, the city's power load set a record high of 25,840 megawatts yesterday afternoon. Electricity was cut at factories in Yanghang area of Baoshan District and Sijing area of Songjiang District to ensure all households had power, Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd said.


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