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Shanghai feels the heat

SHANGHAI'S heat is taking its toll at the World Expo -- and elsewhere in the city.

As temperatures hit 37 degrees Celsius yesterday, the Expo medical stations reported dozens of heatstroke victims

Local hospitals also reported increases in the number of patients with heat-related illnesses.

Shanghai Children's Medical Center received 3,100 patients by 3:30pm yesterday, 600 more than average, said Xia Ling, a hospital official.

Most children were suffering from fever, intestinal disorders and stomachaches due to the high temperature.

The Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital yesterday received 20 percent more patients than average, most of them children and elderly people, said hospital official Yu Fei.

Yu advised people to open doors and windows for ventilation after being in air-conditioned rooms for a long period.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued an orange heat wave alert, the second highest of the three-level system, at 9:20am yesterday. The alert was also issued later at the World Expo site.

Keeping cool meant extra work for the city's electricity system with power demand reaching 22.62 megawatts yesterday, equaling this year's record, said Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd, the city's power supplier. The company said the city had the capacity to cope with demand as high as 25.5 megawatts, so power supplies should be no problem.

The city will be slightly cooler today, with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.

But don't forget your umbrella. More rain is on the way, the bureau said.

Tomorrow will be cooler still, with a maximum of 31 degrees, the bureau said.


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