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Shanghai's electricity consumption hits record

SHANGHAI'S power load hit a winter daily record of 19.05 million kilowatts yesterday as minimum temperatures fell below minus 4 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.

Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd, the city's supplier, appealed to city residents to economize on electricity as heavy usage mirrors the drop in the mercury.

"If the load keeps rising, there might be a temporary power shortage in some parts of the city," said Wang Changxing, an official with the company.

However, Wang said power supplies were sufficient at the moment as usage was even higher during Shanghai's long, hot summer.

Yesterday was the coldest day so far this winter, with the lowest temperature hitting minus 4.6 degrees in the suburban Qingpu District and minus 1.8 in downtown as ice appeared on the streets in the morning, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The chill was caused by an extension of the northern cold front, the bureau said.

"Cold fronts from the north have been very active recently, but they are not very strong," said Li Jinyu, chief service officer of the bureau. "So the city shouldn't experience such cold weather again in the near term," Li said.

The temperature should be higher today in sunny conditions but the minimum was still expected to be minus 2 to 3 degrees in suburban areas, the bureau said.

Temperatures in the downtown area should range from zero to 8 degrees, it said.

The mercury should stabilize for the rest of the week ranging from 3 to 8 degrees and the weather will turn cloudy, according to the bureau.

City hospitals have yet to see a surge in patient numbers after the arrival of the cold front over the weekend, but are expecting an increase later this week.

"Due to the cold weather, many patients with chronic illnesses have not come to hospital," said Xia Lin, an official from the Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

"Parents should make children wear masks when going out to avoid cold air andflu viruses.

"Children suffering from days of fever or other symptoms like shivering and poor spirits should be taken to hospital as soon as possible."

Doctors also warned the elderly to be alert and keep warm during the sudden drop in temperature.

Dr Wang Qiang, from the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital, said the elderly were more likely to suffer strokes or heart attacks on cold days.


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