TODAY’S high of 40.6 degrees Celsius equaled Shanghai’s all-time high record, which was set last month at the Xujiahui station on July 26, breaking the previous record of 40.2 degrees set at the station in 1934.
The high was recorded at 2pm today, making it the summer’s second extreme hot day with the mercury topping 40 degrees.
The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau had issued its fourth red high-temperature alert this summer — the highest in the three-level color system — at 10am today.
The temperature in an observatory in central Pudong New Area hit 41.6 degrees by 1:27pm, the highest recorded in all districts, while the coolest high was in coastal Lingang New City in Pudong at 35 degrees. Areas in Jiading District also experienced highs above 41 degrees at that time.
Forecasters said Yangtze River Delta regions would be the hottest areas in the country in the following three to four days, with temperatures exceeding 37 degrees covering most of the region.