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Orange heat alert issued as city swelters

SHANGHAI is experiencing its first high-temperature day this year with the mercury reaching 37 degrees Celsius this afternoon, local weathermen said.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued an orange heat alert -- the second highest of the three-scale system – today and warned locals to stay away from the heat.

The temperature was rising sharply in the morning, prompting the bureau to issue a yellow heat alert at 9:49am and warn a maximum temperature of 35 degrees.

However, the heat was growing faster than expected and hit 35 degrees at 11:14am, forcing the weather bureau to upgrade the yellow alert to orange.

But the heat wave will diminish tomorrow when the "plum rain" season sets in tonight, cooling the city with incessant rains for weeks.

Tomorrow is rainy with thunderstorms and the maximum temperature will drop by 10 degrees to 27 degrees Celsius, the bureau said in a forecast.


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