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Post-typhoon, it’s gonna be hot

Cloudy and sizzling weather will be back this week after typhoon Lekima lashed the city over the weekend, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The bureau lifted the yellow typhoon alert and blue rainstorm alert at 6am yesterday, and the blue alert for gales at 5pm as Lekima moved north, and the city began to get back to normal.

Shanghai was lashed by rainstorms caused by Lekima from Friday and the total rainfall of most areas was between 150 and 250 millimeters with an average of 167 millimeters, according to the city’s flood control office.

A total of 259,000 people were evacuated, and about 2,400 hectares of farmland was flooded. Power lines were also cut and roads flooded.

Fengxian, Minhang, Jinshan districts and the Pudong New Area were the worst hit, and the Zhonggangzha rainfall station in Fengxian recorded 272 millimeters of rain, the heaviest of all.

The biggest hourly rainfall was recorded by the Qibao weather station in Minhang District — 102 millimeters.

Pujiang Town in Minhang had a total of 276 millimeters of rain, the biggest among all subdistricts and towns.

Winds were strongest at Yangshan port and nearby coastal areas, hitting gale force 13 to 15.

Water levels in the Huangpu River, Suzhou Creek and Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang and Jinshan were 0.15 to 0.55 meters above the alert level. Zhaotun weather station on Suzhou Creek hit a record 4.01 meters, the bureau said.

About 32,000 trees were blown down, and 485 roads and 603 residential complexes were flooded. A total of 194 power lines were cut.

It should be cloudy today with the temperature ranging between 27 degrees Celsius as a low and 34 degrees as a high, according to the bureau.

Tomorrow, the mercury should remain the same and it will be cloudy as well. Wednesday’s high will be 2 degrees lower and thunder and showers are forecast. Thursday should be cloudy with thunder and showers, with a high of 33 and a low of 27 degrees. Friday is expected to be cloudy.


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