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Heat wave continues as city enters 'Dashu'

THE heat wave will continue this week, with the mercury possibly reaching 39 degrees Celsius today or tomorrow, according to forecasters.

Yesterday marked Dashu - or Great Heat - indicating Shanghai will enter the hottest period of the year, which may last for 20 days.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow high temperature alert at 12:42pm, making yesterday the 18th high temperature day this summer with the mercury passing 35 degrees.

The high is forecasted to hit 38 degrees today and 37 degrees tomorrow, and some parts of the city are likely to record a high of 39 degrees, making Shanghai one of the hottest cities in China, weathermen said.

The night temperature is predicted to be higher than that of the other major cities.

There are also forecasts for thunderstorms over the city tomorrow afternoon.

Friday is forecast to bring a slight drop in temperatures - though only to a still-sizzling 35 degrees.

City residents have been warned by the bureau to pay attention to fire safety during this dry spell when ground is tinder dry.

The bureau said the average temperature in Shanghai in mid-July has been the highest since 2009.

The scorching weather has led to a decrease in vegetable production in Fengxian District, which accounts for 40 percent of the city's vegetable supplies.

Fengxian government has begun planting more vegetables which can survive the high temperatures in a bid to prevent shortage in supplies.

The Agricultural Committee has also decided to plant more vegetables in other districts.

Jinshan District says it plans to plant 27,000 mu (1,800 hectares) of vegetables this year, up 1,900 mu from last year.


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