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Test-takers may get wet

LOCAL students should anticipate another obstacle - rain - on their way to the all-important national college entrance exams on Friday and Saturday, forecasters said.

Wet weather is expected to last through the weekend, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Cloudy to overcast skies are expected, with a low of 21 degrees Celsius and high of 28, for today and tomorrow.

Despite the rain and an increase in humidity, conditions should be "comfortable'' during the weekend, with the temperature about the same as it has been this week, according to Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

Today is mang zhong, or Grain in Ear, the ninth solar term of the Chinese lunar calendar, indicating farmers should transplant seedlings and sow seeds for summer crops. In south China, the solar term also is a reminder of the coming plum rain season, expected to start earlier than the usual June 18.

The annual flood season started this month. Local forecasters are expecting less rain than normal during the June-to-September season, but possibly more thunderstorms.


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