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Summer arrives amid gales, heavy rain

GALES, thunder and lightning and heavy rain are forecast from midnight, weather authorities warned yesterday.

Temperatures, meanwhile, hit 33.7 degrees Celsius at the central Xujiahui meteorological station, the highest this year.

In some areas of suburban Qingpu and Jiading districts, the temperature was over 35 degrees.

It is likely that summer in meteorological terms started on May 7, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Summer can be announced when the average temperature is above 22 degrees for five consecutive days after lixia, the seventh solar term, or Summer Begins.

If they are above 22 degrees today then the official start of summer will be announced.

However, variable conditions are forecast from midnight.

Between midnight and tonight, torrential rain, thunder and lightning and gales will hit the city.

Under the influence of a cold front, the highest temperature today could drop nearly 10 degrees to as low as 22 degrees.

The rain will weaken tomorrow, but two new waves of showers are predicted from Thursday to Friday and also on Sunday.

Temperatures will remain stable, between 20 and 26 degrees, until the weekend when the mercury will climb above 30 degrees again due to warm and humid air coming from the southwest.


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