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Official high hits 40 as top temperature alert issued for third straight day

A HIGH of 40 degrees was recorded at the city's benchmark Xujiahui observatory at 12:46pm today, the third straight day that authorities have issued the highest level of hot weather alert.

Meteorological authorities said people would feel "extremely uncomfortable" under such conditions.

The city's meteorological bureau issued a red alert, the highest of a three-level warning system, at 7:55am today, forecasting a temperature of 40 degrees.

Citywide, many official district temperatures were recorded between 38 to 40 degrees, but some unofficial readings were higher.

Yesterday, the city’s highest temperature record was shattered again yesterday with a peak of 40.8 degrees Celsius recorded at the benchmark Xujiahui observatory at 12:37pm.

The city’s previous high of 40.6 degrees was reached on Tuesday and July 26.

Before this year’s searing heat, Shanghai’s hottest day, at 40.2 degrees, had been on July 12, 1934.

The extreme highs will come to an end after Saturday when a subtropical high moves north, the bureau said.
There had been 34 days with temperatures above 35 degrees so far this summer.


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