Shanghai Daily reports that temperatures in Shanghai, which hit 38.3 degrees celsius on Wednesday, a two year high, will fall as the city is hit by Typhoon Soulik.
The fourth orange level high temperature alert in this summer, indicating a temperature of above 37 degrees, was issued by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau at 9:25am.
This was the eighth high temperature alert this month.
On Tuesday, high temperatures caused a sheet of glass to fall from a downtown office building, striking a pedestrian walking below.
Typhoon Soulik, which formed on July 7, has been upgraded to super typhoon and is still getting stronger. The storm is expected to make land on Taiwan on Friday, where winds of over 145 mph and torrential rain have the potential to cause “serious structural damage”.
According to AccuWeather.com:
The worst of Soulik seems set to track south of Shanghai, one of the most populous cities in the world.
Soulik is expected to make landfall on Saturday afternoon in northern Fujian or perhaps southernmost Zhejiang province between the cities of Fuzhou and Wenzhou.
If not significantly weakened in its interaction with mountainous Taiwan, Soulik could still pack enough punch to deliver winds to of about 100 mph near its expected landfall in China.
Rainfall amounts of 5-10 inches will be widespread along the direct storm track these eastern provinces of China, as well as easternmost Jiangxi province farther inland. Local amounts over 1 foot are also possible.
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