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Shanghai broils in heat as mercury hits 40

INTENSE heat smothered Shanghai today as was forecasted with the mercury approaching 40 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

City's maximum temperature peaked to 39.6 degrees, same as last Tuesday, hitting a year high, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today is the 18th high-temperature day this year with the mercury at or above 35 degrees. With the tropical storm Dianmu fading away, a subtropical high strengthened again, pushing up temperature with a scorching sun today, the bureau said.

An orange heat alert, the second highest of a three-level warning system, was issued by the bureau at 8:20am. The mercury went all the way up after the sun showed up, reaching 39 degrees at noon in downtown and hitting 40 degrees in Pudong in the afternoon.

The bureau also issued a yellow thunder alert and a yellow gale alert in the afternoon to warn against thunderstorms in parts of the city.

Meanwhile, Shanghai's power load hit a record high of 26,212 megawatts during the morning rush hour. Contingent measures were taken in some stressed districts as Baoshan, Yangpu and Songjiang to guarantee electricity supply to local homes.


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