First red alert is­sued as city hit by scorcher

Shanghai Daily - - Top News - Ni Yin­bin

SHANG­HAI’S tem­per­a­ture hit 40 de­grees Cel­sius yes­ter­day, the hottest day this sum­mer and the sec­ond high­est in the city’s 137-year his­tory of doc­u­ment­ing weather records.

The Shang­hai Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Bureau is­sued a red alert, the high­est of a three-tier heat-warn­ing sys­tem, about 2:10pm yes­ter­day.

The level was up­graded from or­ange, is­sued about 8am, af­ter the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture climbed from the fore­cast 38 de­grees to 40.

It was the first time the red alert was is­sued since the city be­gan the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal warn­ing sys­tem in March 2004.

Be­fore yes­ter­day, Shang­hai had gone through an en­tire week of days with tem­per­a­tures ex­ceed­ing 35 de­grees, weath­er­men said.

“The high tem­per­a­tures are be­ing caused by sub­trop­i­cal high pres­sure and few clouds in the sky,” Han Chang, chief ser­vice of­fi­cer of the bureau, said yes­ter­day.

The peak of 40 de­grees was reached in both Xu­ji­ahui and Pudong by 4pm yes­ter­day. Tem­per­a­tures in other weather sta­tions in the city eclipsed 38 de­grees.

The city’s min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture was 29.9 de­grees.

Yes­ter­day’s max­i­mum was sec­ond only to the record of 40.2 de­grees, which was set on July 12, 1934. The third high­est fell on July 25, 2003, and July 29, 2007, at 39.6 de­grees.

By about 2pm yes­ter­day, the city was en­gulfed in hot air.

“I kept sweat­ing and felt burnt by the heat,” said Ji Rui­jie, a sales­per­son who was work­ing out­side at 2:15pm.

Later, the heat was too in­tense for many who nor­mally en­joy an af­ter-din­ner walk.

“We reeled back into the air-con­di­tioned room within two min­utes af­ter my hus­band and I stepped out,” said Liu Biqin, 52, a city re­tiree.

“It just felt like a big steam box that made you dizzy.

“Our nor­mally busy com­mu­nity was very quiet.”

The weather bureau is­sued a warn­ing to res­i­dents over the heat.

“ Try not to go out in such ex­treme weather con­di­tions, es­pe­cially in the morn­ing,” Han said. “If you have to go out, wear hats and sun­screen.”

From to­day, the sub­trop­i­cal high pres­sure will start to fade, tem­per­a­tures should grad­u­ally drop and some show­ers are ex­pected in the af­ter­noons and evenings, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

How­ever, to­day will still be the eighth straight day when the max­i­mum is ex­pected to reach at least 37 de­grees. The min­i­mum fore­cast for to­day is 29 de­grees.

A man holds up a tod­dler at an out­door swim­ming pool in Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity yes­ter­day as the mer­cury hits 40 de­grees. — Wang Rongjiang

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