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Heat lingers as temperature exceeds 35°C for 40th day

Shanghai had its 40th high temperature day yesterday when the mercury reached 36.2 degrees Celsius, equaling the record for high temperature days — those above 35 degrees — set in 2003.

Since records began at the benchmark Xujiahui observatory, there have been only two hotter summers. In 1934 there were 55 high temperature days, followed by 1953 with 42.

The city’s heat wave is abating thanks to the combined influence of a southeast wind and a subtropical high moving north, forecasters said.

The wind also meant another day of good air quality and clear blue skies in the city.

Today, temperatures are expected to range from a low of 28 degrees to a high of  35. But the weekend should see the mercury drop below 35.

Kong Chunyan, a forecaster with the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, said that a low pressure system east of Taiwan might bring showers to coastal areas of eastern China at the beginning of next week.

“Cold fronts in the northern part of China have led to frequent precipitation there since July. We need to do further evaluations to predict if they will move southward and affect Shanghai,” Kong said.

Kong said that there was still a chance high temperatures would return to the city before the end of the month.

Typhoon Utor made its second landfall in the coastal areas in Yangjiang City in Guangdong Province at about 3:50pm yesterday, producing heavy rain and strong winds, China Central Television reported.

It was the strongest typhoon to land in China this year. 

However, so far, none of this year’s typhoons had affected Shanghai directly, Kong said.

“The average number of typhoons which influence Shanghai in a year is two, according to the city’s weather history,” Kong said.

 “August is the month typhoons are active and tend to occur in the city. But there were still some years that tropical cyclones didn’t arrive, like 2003 and 2007. In 2010, a tropical cyclone hit Shanghai in September.”

Meanwhile, a woman, believed to be suffering from heatstroke, fainted at Shanghai’s Zhongshan Park Metro station and fell onto the track at around noon yesterday.

Metro staff immediately stopped the trains while police rescued her.

The woman recovered after hospital treatment.



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