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Relief from heat unlikely this week

THE city will continue to swelter over the next few days this week, with a maximum temperature of around 37 degrees Celsius, although the Chinese lunar calendar indicates an end to the heat wave, weatherman said yesterday.

The forecast for the rest of the week calls for mainly sunny to cloudy weather with some showers, but the mercury should not reach last week's extreme of 40 degrees, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

Today will be cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures ranging from 28 degrees low to 36 degrees high. Tomorrow should be sunny to cloudy, with a low of 28 and a high of 37, the bureau said.

Li Jinyu, a chief service officer of the bureau, said the heat should continue for a while although the fu, or the hottest period of the year according to the lunar calendar, would end tomorrow.

The temperature yesterday unexpectedly climbed over 37 degrees again - at 37.3 - bringing the city another orange heat alert, the second highest of the three-level system, at 12:20pm.

Yesterday was the 22nd high-temperature day this year and the 6th consecutive one with highs exceeding 35 degrees. The number of high-temperature days has already exceeded the figure that the bureau put out last month.

The record for the number of high-temperature days in Shanghai is 55, recorded way back in 1934, Li revealed.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Health Bureau yesterday said the total number of heatstrokes across the city during the recent heat wave did not reach alarming levels due to wider availability of air-conditioners and better awareness. The figure was not revealed.

"The wider installation of mist sprays at the queuing areas in front of the pavilions and ice blocks offered to visitors ensured good results in controlling heatstroke," said Song Guofan, an official with the health bureau.


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