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City heat soars to record amid 6th red alert

SHANGHAI’S scorching heat yesterday triggered this year’s sixth heatwave red alert, thereby setting a new record for the number of extremely hot summer days since 1873.

The red alert is the highest in the city’s three-color warning system.

Yesterday’s highest temperature recorded by the city’s benchmark Xujiahui Weather Station was 40.6 degrees Celsius.

It was the sixth day this year when the mercury climbed to 40 degrees or above in Shanghai, beating the record of five such scorching days in 2013.

Yesterday was also the year’s 38th high-temperature day, defined as days when the mercury hits 35 degrees or above.

Weather forecasters predict that highs will be above 40 degrees for the next three days along with afternoon showers. Lows will be around 30 degrees.

And there is no respite anytime soon as the torrid hot weather will continue for the next 10 days with highs of 37 degrees and above and lows of around 30 degrees.

Residents are advised to reduce outdoor activities, drink more water and stay alert for heat strokes.

Meanwhile, China’s national observatory yesterday continued to issue an orange alert for high temperatures as an intense heatwave lingers in multiple regions of the country.

During daylight hours yesterday, parts of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guizhou experienced high temperatures over 35 degrees, according to the National Meteorological Center.

Temperatures in parts of Shaanxi, Hubei, Sichuan, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang surpassed 40 degrees, the center said.

The center advised the public to avoid outdoor activities and suggested workers shorten the duration of exposure to high temperatures outdoors. Measures should also be taken to prevent fires caused by excessive power loads on wires and transformers, due to excessive electricity consumption, it said.


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