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Heat wave persists, despite season change in China
Publication Date : 13-08-2013
The weather is still blistering hot even as autumn officially makes its entrance into China.
Autumn has officially arrived on Wednesday with Liqiu, one of the 24 solar terms in China, but the hot weather shows no sign of cooling down just yet.
Enveloped by the stuffy, humid air when walking on the streets, all I want to do is to dash into the nearest shopping mall for some respite from the heat.
In cyberspace, “a pinch of cumin” has become part of a popular phrase spreading on Weibo (Twitter-like site) this summer.
Inspired by the unforgiving weather, the full phrase reads: “What sets me apart from roast meat is a pinch of cumin.”
It light-heartedly suggested that people are being “roasted” by the high temperatures. Just sprinkle some cumin on them and they will be as flavourful as roast meat.
But the hot weather is no joking matter. It was reported last week that the record–high temperature has so far claimed the lives of more than 10 people in Shanghai.
On July 26 at 1:36pm, the temperature at the Xujiahui observatory in Shanghai reached 40.6°C, the highest temperature ever recorded by the facility since it was built in 1873.
Weather forecasts for Shanghai indicated that the highest temperature would be 39°C on Friday, 38°C on Saturday and 36°C on Sunday.
The temperature at night ranges between 29°C and 31°C.
As of August 7, Shanghai topped the list of cities with the highest temperature at night, with seven days at or above 30°C.
To repel the heat, people look forward to a splashing time at swimming pools.
A Malaysian working in Shanghai, Daniel Tan, said that he signed up for a three-month membership at a gym just so he could enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
The membership cost him 1,200 yuan (US$169) and so far, he has been maximising it by using the pool four to five times a week.
Tan, 25, arrived in Shanghai to work as a test engineer in the research and development department of an elevator company. He did not expect the weather to be so unbearable in summer.
“My clothes are soaked through with sweat after just a 20-minute walk from my home to office. Your skin will start to prickle if you stand in the sun for 10 minutes,” the engineer said.
Some hotels in the city also observe a summer ritual by opening up their private pools to the public as the weather gets unbearable.
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai communications director Wong Chin Chu said that the hotel’s pools have been beckoning paying walk-in guests since June 1.
Besides access to the pool, the hotel offers a package that includes a food and beverage redemption from the pool menu.
“Our pools are popular because of our strategic location and the summer pool package. While we see an increased number of pool users at our hotel every year, we retain a small number of entries to ensure a comfortable experience for all guests,” Wong said.
The outdoor pool at the hotel would usually be closed to all guests at the end of October, depending on the temperature.
Meanwhile, the weather has also caused a new record to be set for electricity consumption in Shanghai.
Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company said that the consumption reached 28 gigawatts on July 24, surpassing the 27.5 gigawatts on July 11.
To conserve energy, the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Afforestation and City Appearance announced that the landscape lighting in the city (except for Shanghai Bund) will not be switched on if the temperature of the day reaches 38°C.
The move was to ensure that Shanghai residents have sufficient supply of electricity.