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Keeping cool amid the heat

By Xu Junqian in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated: 2016-08-13 06:34

A look back at how Shanghai residents dealt with unbearable heat during an era when air conditioners were not yet common

The current heat wave in Shanghai has brought more than just scorching temperatures to the city, with residents also hit by a wave of nostalgia as they reminisce about how they survived a similar situation in 1934.

Average temperatures since July 21 this year has been 37 C and the heat wave is expected to continue for another week. But as unbearable as the current heat wave may seem, the current situation still pales in comparison to the one in 1934.Residents back then had to endure 55 days of overwhelming heat as temperatures constantly exceeded 35 C, with the mercury peaking at 40.2 C at one point.

Keeping cool amid the heat

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