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Bureau dampens claims of November heatwave

SHANGHAI is expected to get warmer and more humid this week, with the high climbing above 26 degrees Celsius, the city weather authority said yesterday.

However, officials dismissed an online post which claimed that, according to a European research center, the city temperature could reach as high as 30 degrees in the coming days.

With cold air staying in the north and the rise of subtropical high pressure, warm and humid air from the south should become more active in the coming days and reach the city, said the bureau.

This would lift the high to around 26 to 27 degrees in three to four days.

The weather should be mostly cloudy this week and showers are expected from Wednesday to Friday, the bureau said.

Today is forecast cloudy with a low of 16 degrees and a high of 21 degrees.

Tomorrow should be cloudy with the low at 18 degrees Celsius and the high reaching 23 degrees.

"The temperature should be above 20 degrees during the day this week and the rain should bring humidity," said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

"Temperatures should rise as no cold snaps have been forecast," added Zhang.

The warm, humid weather should last until next week and is not unusual, according to the bureau.

"Warm weather has been recorded at this time recently and is not a rare phenomenon," Zhang said.

Bureau records show temperatures reached 25 degrees in November between 2003 to 2009, Zhang said.

Rumors that temperatures around costal regions of east China, including Shanghai, would return to 30 degrees due to the strengthening of subtropical high pressure, were dismissed by the bureau.

"We have seen no sign of this happening," Zhang said. "The high this week is unlikely to exceed 27 degrees."


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