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First 'high temperature' day of year

SHANGHAI experienced its first "high temperature" day of the year yesterday, with the mercury hitting 35.5 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

A high temperature day occurs when the temperature exceeds 35 degrees.

However, showers should relieve the scorching conditions in the coming days, forecasters said.

The high is expected to drop about 10 degrees Celsius to around 24 from tomorrow, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today is forecast cloudy to overcast with thunderstorms in parts of the city. A low of 22 degrees and a high of 30 degrees are predicted.

Showery weather is expected to dominate the city next week, and the heat should not return until next weekend, according to the bureau.

The low will be between 16 and 18 degrees and the high between 21 and 25.

With sunny conditions, yesterday's temperature reached 35.5 degrees about 1:30pm, said the bureau.

Yesterday morning, the bureau issued a yellow heat alert - the lowest on a three-level scale - warning people to stay indoors and take measures to prevent sunburn.

The earliest recorded high temperature day in Shanghai was on May 5, 1939.


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