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XINHUA (China)

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SHANGHAI - Over 10 people in Shanghai have died of heatstroke in the east China city's unprecedented summer heat, local health officials said Tuesday.

The Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention said the persisting high temperatures this summer have caused a spike in the number of heliosis patients in the city. But center officials declined to disclose the specific number of deaths.

Temperatures in Shanghai surpassed 39 degrees Celsius (102°F) on Tuesday, the 8th straight day for temperatures to rise above 38 degrees Celsius (100°F), the Shanghai Meteorological Center said.

The center said that with 24 days of temperatures at or above 35 degrees Celsius monitored so far, this July has been the hottest for the financial and business center since weather records started 140 years ago.

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