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City sets new heat record as mercury touches 38.4

THE mercury touched 38.4 degrees Celsius yesterday, a new high temperature record for July 23 in the last 140 years, meteorologists said.

For the sixth time this summer, the orange high temperature alert was issued yesterday by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau at 9:28am, indicating the high would be above 37 degrees.

Today's high is expected to reach 39 degrees. The heat wave will last at least until Friday.

It will be sunny and cloudy mostly. Afternoon thunderstorms are likely today until the weekend.

Yesterday was the 17th straight day when the temperature stayed above 35 this month. It was also the 19th hot day this summer.

"It is rare to have so many days of hot weather in July," Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau, said yesterday.

The last time Shanghai had 17 high temperature days from July 1 to July 23 was in 1898, Zhang said.

To beat the heat, local residents are taking advantage of cooler conditions at Metro station. A Metro officer said it is allowed as long as they do not hinder the traveling passengers.


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