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Storms to bring a little heat relief

THUNDERSTORMS today and tomorrow are expected to bring some relief from the oppressive heat although it will still be hot, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau issued a thunderstorm alert at 6:35pm and another at 8:35pm yesterday. By 8pm, more than 200 flights were delayed between 50 to 70 minutes at Pudong International Airport due to the thunderstorm.

About 10 planes were rerouted to land at Xiaoshan International Airport in neighboring Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province.

The high today and tomorrow will be about 34 degrees Celsius.

"The subtropical high should not be so strong and the range of the afternoon thundershowers should be bigger," said Man Liping, a chief service officer of the bureau.

"But even though the temperature will dip, people will still feel hot because of the high humidity."

The temperature reached 38 degrees at 2:30pm yesterday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

It was the seventh consecutive high-temperature day, which the bureau defines as 35 degrees or above.

The showers should end on Monday, when the high is once again expected to climb above 35 degrees, the bureau said.

The city's power usage spiked, reaching 25,045 megawatts at 3:05pm on Thursday.

It was the highest this year.


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