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40-degree temperatures, more rain and 3 typhoons are forecast

THREE typhoons are expected in Shanghai this summer as part of an intense rainy season, officials said yesterday. They added that there will be more hot days this summer too.

The city will endure 22 to 28 days with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, compared to an average of 15 days last summer. The extreme high temperature will reach as high as 40 degrees, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The three typhoons are expected to be stronger than those of previous years, the city’s typhoon and flooding prevention authority said.

Rain totaling about 800 millimeters is forecast during the flooding season this year, compared with an average 684 millimeters in previous years. More thunderstorms and gales are also expected, a bureau forecaster told the city’s annual flood prevention meeting.

The city will enter and finish the plum rain season late this year which will also be longer than previous years, the forecaster said. Normally, the city enters the plum rain season on June 17 and the season finishes on July 10.

Shanghai has a high risk this year of encountering “disastrous weather like typhoons and strong rainstorms during the flood season,” said Bai Tinghui, director of Shanghai Water Authority.

Bai added the situation this year was “not optimistic” — with more rainfall, hot days, bad weather and stronger typhoons set to impact the city.

Moreover, rainstorms are considered “very likely” to hit Taihu Lake stream on the upstream of Huangpu River, in turn increasing flood risks to the city, according to the weather bureau.

To try to ensure safety, the flood-prevention authority has finished two rounds of inspections on local levees and mapped 97 places across the city with high risk of being flooded during the coming season, according to Bai, who also serves as the chief commander of the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters.

“There are still 135 kilometers of levees that are leaked or damaged,” Bai said. “The flood prevention capability of the west part of the city remains weak.”

Officials must take personal responsibility for any damage or casualty caused by flooding, Bai added.

The city has about 120 major construction projects underway that posed challenges to flood prevention, Bai said.


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