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Blue skies on way after gloom

BLUE skies are expected to replace rain clouds from this Sunday, city weather experts said yesterday.

The average temperature for last week was only 27.8 degrees Celsius, the lowest for the same period in five years.

However, the maximum temperature is forecast to reach between 30 and 34 degrees on Sunday.

Gloomy weather dominated in the past two weeks, with rain recorded on 13 of the 14 days.

A total of 292.1 millimeters of rain fell on the city during the period, unprecedented in the 136 years since detailed weather data began to be recorded, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Weather experts said the rainy days were caused by cold air meeting warm air over the city.

"The tropical storm Morakot also contributed significantly to the rainfall," said Fu Yi, a forecaster with the bureau.

Some city residents have posted on Internet forums pictures of mushrooms that grew in their houses on the rainy days - some as high as 10 centimeters.

The incidence of fungal skin infections also surged and amounted to almost a third of total skin clinic patients, according to experts at the facilities.

The experts said sleep mats can be the origin of fungus and mites and suggested people use cotton sheets.


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