Is It Really Going to be 39 Degrees in Shanghai on Sunday?

By Urban Family, May 9, 2019

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This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.


By Yuzhou Hu

A great number of civilians were spooked by their weather apps last night. According to numerous apps, the temperature will skyrocket to a blistering 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday. Thankfully, that’s not actually the case, as the weather bureau has officially refuted the rumor, reports The Paper.

The error showed a high of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday. The figure then jumps nine more degrees the following day, which seems rather bizarre considering that even the most scorching summer day isn’t that hot. Last year, the hottest day only reached 37.7 degrees Celsius (99.9 degrees Fahrenheit).


Images via 新浪上海/Weibo

“It’s impossible,” Zhang Ruiyi, who is from the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, responded to the ridiculous figure. “There must have been an error in the data.” According to Zhang, the highest temperature this Sunday will be around 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit). There will also be rainfall that evening. For now, most apps have fixed the bug and now display the correct weather forecast.

Despite the mistake, the mercury is climbing higher and higher these days as summer approaches. So when can we expect summer to actually begin?

“The summer usually comes at the end of May,” explained Zhang. “Exceptions also exist. For example, the arrival of summer happened on May 12 last year.” The meteorological definition of summer requires the average temperature to exceed 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit) for five successive days. Clearly, the forecast for the next few days shows that we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for summer:

Image via The Weather Channel

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This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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