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Hot, hot, hot with city set to sizzle

THE scorching temperatures will continue until the weekend, touching 38 degrees Celsius, forecasters say.

Due to a subtropical high from the West Pacific Ocean, the mercury soared yesterday. Around noon, the city was on a yellow heat alert, the lowest of a three-level system and indicting a high of 35 degrees. Yesterday’s heatwave ended two days of relief from the sweltering weather.

Today marks the start of the sanfu period, the hottest days of summer in the Chinese lunar calendar — and the description is spot on. The city is going to sizzle with day after day of scorching heat, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Cloudy weather is forecast for today, with thunderstorms probable in the afternoon. The temperature will hover around 37 degrees.

The mercury will continue to climb tomorrow and is likely to reach a high of 38 degrees on Friday and Saturday. No rain is forecast for the two days, but drizzle may bring some cooler temperatures on Sunday.

Unsettled weather conditions remain a likelihood during the summer. Last week, alerts for gales, lightning, thunderstorms and hail were released, and that pattern may well last for the rest of summer.

After Saturday, a tropical cyclone will form on the Northwest Pacific Ocean due to the active tropical disturbance, which may affect China’s coastal areas especially the southern regions.

Xinhua Hospital said it has entered its busiest season. It received 16,000 emergency patients on July 3. Compared with the previous two months, the number of outpatients so far this month rose 7.29 percent and emergency patients increased 6.01 percent. Notably, child patient numbers were up 16.1 percent.

The numbers of dermatitis, eczema, allergic conjunctivitis and respiratory infection cases all rose, the hospital said.

Children are especially vulnerable during heatwaves. By Monday, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center was accepting an average of 5,000 patients per day. Monday was a record, with doctors seeing 6,364 patients, most of them suffering from fever and respiratory infections.

Figures showed Children’s Hospital of Fudan University accepted an average of 7,200 patients per day, a dramatic rise from earlier months.

Residents are advised not to go outside from 10am to 4pm, to take a nap after lunch, and to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Indoor temperatures should be around 26 to 28 degrees.

The heatwave has posed an extra challenge for visitors waiting in long queues for up to three hours at Shanghai Disneyland.

“We drank nearly 10 bottles of water from morning to noon,” said tourist Chen Guanglu, who was with his wife and son. He praised the park’s performers who sprayed water to cool people down.


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