Shanghai Records One Of Its Hottest Summers In 140 Years

Category: Technology / Jul 30, 2013 1:08PM EDT

Shanghai has experienced one of its hottest summers ever on Tuesday (July 30) with a record-breaking heat wave, leaving residents desperate for a cool way out.

According to Shanghai's meteorological bureau, temperatures have hit above 38 degrees Celsius for a record seven consecutive days starting last Tuesday (July 23).

A state-run news agency said that this is the hottest July ever recorded in Shanghai in the past 140 years, but Shanghai's meteorological bureau has yet to confirm this.

Media also reported that the extreme temperatures have already claimed lives, as two people died from heat stroke in a local hospital on Saturday (July 27).

Despite Shanghai's coastal location, cool ocean breezes haven't kept the overheated population content.

Locals could be seen on Tuesday sporting parasols and various other protective gear to stay out of the scorching sun.

Masses gathered to splash at a local water park just for a quick get away from the high temperatures.

The Shanghai meteorological center said that high temperatures are expected to continue through early August.

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