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Power usage spikes amid heat

THE city's power usage spiked, reaching 25,045 megawatts as of 3:05pm yesterday, the highest this year, said the Shanghai Power Electric Co Ltd, the city's power supplier.

Electricity usage has been heavy in east China recently because of the continuing heat wave, the company said.

Some of the city's shopping malls and office buildings will be ordered to cut back temporarily on the use of air conditioners during peak hours of power consumption in the afternoons as part of an emergency plan to ensure power for households, the company said earlier this year.

The city's temperature fell a little short of the 38 degrees forecast, hitting 37.8 degrees Celsius yesterday, still the hottest so far this year.

The heat wave is expected to linger for at least another five days, but the high should not climb as high as yesterday because of thundershowers forecast for the afternoon, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

"Shanghai is experiencing its first heat wave this year and so far it's unclear how long the wave will last," said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

Yesterday was also the sixth consecutive high-temperature day with the mercury reaching at least 35 degrees.

"More than 60 percent of the city's high temperatures occur in July," Zhang told Shanghai Daily.

"The city experienced similar heat waves in 2001, 2005 and 2007." The heat wave in 2001 lasted for six days and there were two waves in 2007.

Today and tomorrow are to be cloudy with thundershowers, with the high reaching 37 and 36 degrees Celsius, respectively.


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