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Afternoon showers bring relief from extreme heat

An afternoon thundershower in Shanghai brought much-needed relief as the mercury dropped below 35 degrees yesterday after hovering around 40s for much of last week.

The highest temperature recorded yesterday was 38.4 degrees Celsius, the weather bureau said.

A yellow lightning alert was issued by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau at 2:43pm, warning of likely thunderstorms in north part of the downtown, and in Baoshan and Jiading districts.

Temperatures in some parts of these areas even fell to 25 degrees or below, the weather bureau said.

Today’s high is expected to be 37 degrees. Temperatures from tomorrow to Thursday are likely to hover between 35 and 36 degrees with mainly sunny and cloudy weather.

For the rest of the week, the highs will be 35 or less, followed by intermittent showers.

By the end of this week, the near-month long heat wave in Shanghai could come to an end. Chufu, literally meaning getting out of the hottest period of the summer, falls on August 22 on the Chinese lunar calender.

Last week was the hottest week this summer when five red alerts were issued. There were four consecutive days when the mercury was recorded above 40 degrees and on the other days around 39.6 degrees.

Typhoon building up

Typhoon Utor is also building up around the Philippines before it moves to southeast China and northern Vietnam.

The National Meteorological Center has forecasted that Utor would land on the coastal areas in Guangdong Province and Hainan Province two days after touching the Philippines today.

But Utor is unlikely to cool down Shanghai.

“It is the north-moving subtropical high that will bring some relief to the city. Utor will mainly influence the circulation in some regions around the west Pacific,” said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Also, yesterday was the sixth consecutive day when Shanghai’s air quality was reported to be moderately or heavily polluted with the AQI exceeding 150. Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center recorded the AQI as 178 at 5pm.

Some scenic spots turned off the landscape lights last week due to the extreme hot days. The Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau rules state that lights should be turned off to save energy if the temperature crosses 38 degrees or above.

“It was the first time that the Oriental Pearl TV Tower turned off the lights,” Guo Yifeng, vice general manager of the tower, said. “We can save about 2,000 kilowatt hours a day if these lights are off.” 

The Shanghai World Financial Center had also switched off the lights for more than 16 days.



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