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Alert as mercury in Shanghai touches 36

SHANGHAI witnessed the first high-temperature day of the year yesterday, while the plum rain season was the longest in the past two decades, according to the city’s meteorological bureau.

A yellow alert was issued by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau at 11:35am, with the temperature later hitting a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius.

The coming week will be humid with likely thunderstorms every day.

The rain will also bring cool climate with it. The high is expected to fluctuate between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius from today until Thursday. After that, the temperature will be back at 30 degrees and above.

It has been 34 days since the plum rain season began on June 9 and there is no indication it will end soon. In 2019, it lasted 33 days.

The precipitation recorded at the benchmark Xujiahui meteorological center in Xuhui District has reached 395.8 millimeters, 1.6 times the annual average this year, the bureau said on Saturday.

Only two typhoons have formed in the Western Pacific and the South China Sea, which are fewer than usual, the authority said.

The bureau added that one or two typhoons may hit the city in late July.


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