Batten down the hatches, fire up the air conditioning, it looks like we’re in for a scorcher. Forecasters announced yesterday that Shanghai is set to experience a hot and typhoon filled summer this year.
According to Shanghai Daily, the temperature will reach 39 degrees Celsius at some point during the summer, with the mercury forecast to hit 37 degrees on at least five other days.
Shanghai is also set to be hit by two major typhoons which will be much more powerful than those of recent years. So concerned are flood-prevention authorities about the strength of these typhoons that they have been rapidly repairing levees across the city and recently opened a new pumping station in Hongkou district.
It remains to be seen whether or not this summer will turn out to be as hot as in 2013, when Shanghai entered what local journalists dubbed “barbeque mode.” During that summer residents were blessed with the ability to fry porkchops on the marble walkways at People’s Square.
Here’s the video for those who weren’t around to endure such abusive temperatures:
By Dominic Jackson