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Summer: It's official

SUMMER has formally arrived in Shang-hai.

The city's meteorological bureau said yesterday Shanghai had entered summer according to average temperatures recorded in the previous five consecutive days.

The bureau declares the start of summer once the average temperature climbs above 22 degrees Celsius for five straight days and considers the first of those five days the first day of summer.

Yesterday was the fifth day of the five consecutive above-22 degrees days, meaning Shanghai entered summer last Thursday.

The city's earliest recorded summer was last year, starting on May 6, and the latest was on July 4, 1911, according to bureau records.

More wet days are expected this week as plum rain season approaches.

Rain should become more frequent after Thursday, the bureau said.

The weather should be mainly rainy or overcast this week with temperatures ranging from 21 to 29 degrees.


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