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Heat relief to be brief, rain steady

LOCALS will get a little relief from the heat today as the mercury should reach no higher than 34 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

But the relief won't last long and the city's temperatures should return to at least 35 degrees tomorrow and Friday, according to the latest forecast of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Afternoon thundershowers remain frequent these days and the high is likely to drop to 33 degrees during the weekend, meteorologists also said.

Shanghai reported a high of 36 degree Celsius yesterday, failing to reach 37 as forecast. It was the ninth high-temperature day this season and there should be 17 more, according to the bureau's previous prediction.

As the heat continues, the Metro's operator said yesterday it would strengthen maintenance work on the air-conditioning systems of subway trains.

Workers will manually adjust the temperatures onboard three times a day according to the weather changes.

However, officials cautioned passengers that the cooling mechanisms may not function at full power on some older lines, like Metro Line 1, which has trains in service for 20 years.

Passengers should dial a Metro hotline, 64370000, to report any malfunctioning air-conditioning on the trains.

"It's always been a delicate job not to let the temperature go too high or too low," said officials with the Metro maintenance department.

Local health officials said hospitals are receiving a rising number of patients with cardiovascular diseases, respiratory infections and dog bites.

Shanghai East Hospital has received five patients with organ failure due to serious sunstroke. All of them recovered.

"The elderly with cardiovascular syndromes are likely to feel sick in hot weather," said Yin Zhifa from Punan Hospital in the Pudong New Area. "Over 800 patients are receiving intravenous drips every day, far higher than the 300 to 400 patients in usual times."

He said the hospital is receiving about 80 patients with dog bites every day recently. "Dogs are irritable under the hot weather and are likely to attack people," he said.


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