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A cooler, wetter week lies ahead

SHANGHAI should cool down this week, with the high below 30 degrees Celsius and more rain, forecasters said.

A cold front extending southwards should see rain dominate the city's weather and the mercury drop sharply, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

The high this week should be around 28 degrees and the low 24, officials said.

The temperature drop started yesterday, as the high was only 29.1 degrees Celsius in downtown - 6.4 degrees lower than Saturday, the bureau said.

Today should be showery with thunderstorms, with readings ranging from a low of 25 degrees to a high of 28.

"Rain is expected on Monday and Tuesday," said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the bureau.

"With the weakening of the subtropical high, confluences of cold and warm airstreams are likely to occur around the city."

Meanwhile, the bureau dropped its controversial "nasal cleansing index" from its website over the weekend, following criticism from local medical experts.

Medics said the public should clean their nasal cavities on the advice of doctors, not weather forecasters.

"We made the decision after listening to residents and experts," Zhu said.


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