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Heatwave prompts public slumber party in Shanghai

  • Published at 10:04 pm August 9th, 2018
Shanghai heatwave caused locals to sleep in the streets | AFP

A Shanghai street accommodated over 100 locals to “cool down” from a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius

The busy shopping streets on Nanjing East Road turned into an open-air slumber party for locals who are trying to escape the heat wave by resting on the streets, benches, libraries, shops or anywhere that is “cool” enough. 

The city of more than 24 million people has endured an extended hot spell over recent weeks, with temperatures on Thursday topping 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) for the 16th day this summer.

Around 4am on Thursday nearly 100 people including women and children, but mostly bare-chested men were seen sleeping out on sidewalks normally crowded with shoppers and tourists during the daytime.

Dozing upon newspapers, blankets, or nothing at all, they sought relief from a night breeze blowing off the Huangpu River, which flows through the city centre and includes the famed Bund financial district.

For a number of men, the night's bed was no more than a flat stretch of pavement, shirt and shoes off, with a large bottle of water and a Chinese bun placed nearby for breakfast.

Outlets of Swedish retailer IKEA are particularly popular with overheated visitors, who come to nap on sofas and beds in its air-conditioned showroom.

Shanghai is getting hotter, logging a new record high of 40.9 degrees in July 2017.