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Heat expected to vacate

AFTER another day of intense heat yesterday, the city is expected to cool down a bit starting today, forecasters said.

Yesterday the high temperature reached 37.9 degrees Celsius. The scorching weather caused constraints on power consumption and an increase in emergency patients.

Power use hit a peak at 1:25pm, reaching almost 25,000 megawatts - a new high for the summer, reported the Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd.

Meanwhile, local emergency medical hotline 120 reported that for the past three days, it received more than 800 calls for ambulances, up about 10 percent from normal. Hospitals also reported an increasing number of "air-conditioning disease" cases, such as cold and diarrhea.

Starting today, however, the city will wave goodbye to heat for at least five days but say hello to thunderstorms, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said. The high temperature will range from 31 to 33 degrees, after lows between 26 and 27 degrees. Thunderstorms or rain will hit the city almost everyday starting today, forecasters said.

They added that, despite the cooler temperatures, people are not likely to feel much relief because it's going to be quite muggy.


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