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Vegetable harvester killed by lightning

A FARM worker died after being hit by lightning during Thursday's storms. Officials said yesterday that the 38-year-old woman, from Henan Province, was harvesting vegetables in a field in Jiading District when the thunderstorm struck.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau has warned of a repeat of Thursday's storm over the next few days.

"The subtropical high is fading away to the east and the showery weather should last for another four days under the influence of the wind system above the sea," said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the bureau.

Thunderstorms hit some areas of the city yesterday afternoon but did not cause as much trouble as on the previous day. The bureau issued a yellow rainstorm alert, third highest of the four-level system, and a yellow thunder alert, lightest of the three-level system at 12:10pm.

Yesterday's maximum temperature was 33.9 degrees, said the bureau.

The city is cooling down with temperatures staying below 35 degrees Celsius because of the rain, forecasters said yesterday.

The maximum temperature this weekend will be around 33 degrees, with clouds and thundery showers.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm forming in the Pacific is likely to build into a typhoon early next month, said Zhang Ruiyi, a senior meteorologist at the bureau. It was not clear if the typhoon would affect the city.

Zhang said the number of typhoons had decreased this year. None of the few typhoons have had any influence on Shanghai this summer.


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