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City forecasts 40°C for 4th consecutive day

Shanghai meteorological bureau issued a red alert, the highest of a three-level warning system, at 7:56am today, forecasting a temperature of 40 degrees.

It is the fourth red alert within this week. By 10am, official temperatures of many districts were recorded above 37 degrees, the bureau said.

The city cooled down a little yesterday but the temperature recorded at the benchmark Xujiahui observatory was still over 40 degrees Celsius.

The 40.2 reading came at 2:30pm after the city had issued its third consecutive high temperature alert. It was the seventh high temperature day this month and the 34th this summer.

The hottest area in Shanghai was near Xinchang Town in southwest Pudong, where temperatures hit 42.2 degrees at 1:15pm.

The city has never seen three straight days with highs topping 40 degrees since 1873, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. That was when the Xujiahui observatory began recording temperatures.


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