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Hottest day recorded, showers bring some relief

Shanghai notched up a record high today with the mercury surpassing 39 degrees Celsius, but the good news is that heat wave is expected to wane tomorrow, the weathermen said.

According to the five-day forecast by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, maximum temperature will drop to 37 degrees tomorrow and to 34 degrees toward weekend.

Maximum temperature hit 39.6 degrees Celsius in the downtown area this afternoon, a record this year, continuing a six-day streak of high temperature.

The bureau issued the orange heat alert, the second on a three-color heat warning scale, at 7:50am and a yellow thunder alert, lowest on the warning scale, at 4:55pm.

The temperature started to fall with showers in parts of the city in the late afternoon, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, city's water authorities are mounting a renovation campaign to renew water pipes in old neighborhoods to meet increased demand for water in hot days, officials said today.

The campaign, started last week, involves 28 replacement projects across the city, which will benefit 53,500 residents when it is completed by the middle of this month, the officials said.


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