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Rain forecast to dampen eclipse viewing

THOSE gearing up to watch the total solar eclipse on Wednesday may be disappointed big time.

People in Shanghai will likely be unable to view the rare astronomical event due to rain, weathermen said.

The solar eclipse will take place between about 8:23pm and 11:01am Beijing time. The total solar eclipse is expected to take place between 9:36am and 9:41am.

Wednesday's total solar eclipse will be the longest that can be observed in China between 1814 and 2309. People across China within an area of 250-kilometers wide and 10,000-kilometers long will be able to see the total eclipse. The area includes the populous Yangtze River valley including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei and Sichuan provinces, as well as Chongqing Municipality.

Today the high temperature will reach 38 degrees Celsius, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau today.

Yesterday the high peaked at 37.7 degrees in Xujiahui area and Pudong New Area. It was the sixth day in succession with the mercury above 35 degrees. The city issued a yellow alert - the lowest level of a three-tier warning system - yesterday morning and then it was upgraded to an orange alert in the afternoon.

The mid-level orange indicates that the maximum temperature will rise to 37 degrees or above.

The high will drop to 35 degrees tomorrow and rain tomorrow night will bring the temperature down to about 30 degrees on Wednesday.


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