Shanghai recorded its hottest day of the year so far yesterday with temperatures reaching 32.6 degrees Celsius.
And today could be even hotter, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said, with temperatures reaching 33 degrees.
City forescasters said the lack of cloud and wind was responsible for the rising temperatures. The three days since Friday have all seen readings in excess of 30 degrees.
Zhu Jiehua, chief service officer with the bureau, said such high temperatures in early May were not uncommon. Conditions were similar in 2007, 2009 and last year.
There will be some respite from the heat tomorrow and on Wednesday when showers are expected to help bring temperatures down to between 24 and 27 degrees. It will be windy on Thursday, forecasters say, which will lower temperatures even further - to between 18 and 24 degrees.
Though the sun was shining yesterday, air quality in the city was said to be "lightly polluted" as a result of the lack of wind.
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