Shang­hai hits record high tem­per­a­tures

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Shang­hai ex­pe­ri­enced its hottest day on record on Fri­day, as the tem­per­a­ture surged to 40.9 C.

The high­est tem­per­a­ture was re­ported at 1:59 pm on Fri­day, shortly af­ter the Shang­hai Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice is­sued the first red alert for high tem­per­a­ture this year. The tem­per­a­ture also broke the 145-year-old record kept by the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sta­tion in the Xu­ji­ahui area.

The pre­vi­ous record was 40.8 C on Aug 7, 2013.

Be­fore the red alert, the city had is­sued 10 or­ange alerts this sum­mer and re­ported 15 days with highs of 35 C or above.

The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ment said that, in­flu­enced by the west­ern Pa­cific sub­trop­i­cal high, the city’s tem­per­a­ture won’t see an ob­vi­ous drop for the com­ing week. Also, there is a high pos­si­bil­ity for the mer­cury to con­tinue to surge be­yond 40 C for the next four days.

The mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment has been quick to re­spond to the swel­ter­ing weather and moved to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble groups, in­clud­ing the el­derly and home­less.

The Civil Af­fairs Bureau is­sued a no­tice ear­lier this week ask­ing the dis­tricts and neigh­bor­hoods to care for vul­ner­a­ble groups. Spe­cial teams were sent to per­suade the home­less to seek shel­ter at res­cue sta­tions dur­ing sum­mer, and of­fer food, drinks and other ne­ces­si­ties to help cool off those de­clin­ing to be taken to the sta­tions.

The high tem­per­a­ture also boosted busi­nesses such as food de­liv­ery.

Yang Sen­lin, a de­liv­ery­man with the Meituan food de­liv­ery plat­form, said: “Food or­ders al­ways in­crease on such high­tem­per­a­ture days and we have no chance to avoid work­ing un­der the sun.”

How­ever, Yang said that they re­ceived a 200 yuan ($29.40) al­lowance for work­ing in high tem­per­a­ture and the com­pany pro­vides free wa­ter and sun­shade gloves to help them cool off.

He Qi in Shang­hai con­trib­uted to this story.

YIN LIQIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

A man runs at the Bund in Shang­hai at noon on Fri­day. The tem­per­a­ture in the city reached 40.9 C, a record high.

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