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City upgrades to orange heat alert as mercury hits 37C

SHANGHAI'S temperature soared to 37 degrees Celsius this afternoon, the highest this year, local weathermen said.

The city has sweltered in heat of over 36 degrees for three consecutive days and the scorching weather is likely to continue for five to seven days, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The mercury is expected to hit 38 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.

The bureau issued a yellow heat alert at 8:30am, the lowest of a three-level warning system, and upgraded it to orange at 12:50pm when the temperature exceeded 35 degrees.

The highest was recorded at 1:08pm when the mercury reached 37 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

Thunderstorm is likely to happen this afternoon and tomorrow and the temperature will climb further on Wednesday and Thursday, the bureau said.


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