July 30 - Residents try to beat the heat as Shanghai records one of its hottest summers in 140 years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Shanghai has experienced one of its hottest summers ever on Tuesday with a record-breaking heat wave, leaving residents desperate for a cool way out.
According to Shanghai's meteorological bureau, temperatures have hit above 38 degrees Celsius, or more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, for a record seven consecutive days starting last Tuesday.
State-run news agency Xinhua has said that this is the hottest July ever recorded in Shanghai in the past 140 years, but Shanghai's meteorological bureau has yet to confirm this.
Xinhua reported that the extreme temperatures have already claimed lives, as two people died from heat stroke in a local hospital on Saturday.
Locals could be seen on Tuesday sporting parasols and various other protective gear to stay out of the scorching sun.
Masses gathered to splash at a local water park just for a quick get away from the high temperatures.
The Shanghai meteorological center said that high temperatures are expected to continue through early August.
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