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City expected to cool dramatically this weekend

SHANGHAI residents finally will get some serious relief as the temperature is expected to drop below 20 degrees next week under the influence of a strong cold front from the north, forecasters said yesterday.

The downtown reading yesterday reached 34.2 degrees Celsius, highest this month, but such heat is not likely to occur again the rest of the month, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

The warmth of recent days, with the high around 32 and 33 degrees, should give way to the cold front approaching today, and the mercury will drop 4 to 8 degrees over the weekend, forecasters said. Readings could fall to as low as 18 degrees next week.

Showers are forecast today and tomorrow with the expansion of the cold front, the meterological bureau said. Today is forecast mostly cloudy with showers and temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees. Tomorrow should be overcast to cloudy and the high should drop to 25 degrees.

"The city should be windy under the influence of both the cold front and the outer winds of Roke, the No.15 tropical storm this year," said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the bureau.

For the rest of the country, the cold front is going to affect most areas north of the Yangtze River, bringing temperatures down 4 to 8 degrees. Temperatures in the more northern reaches will drop by more than 10 degrees. Frost will even show itself in parts of central and eastern Inner Mongolia and northern and western Heilongjiang Province, said the National Meteorological Center.

Meanwhile, today and tomorrow, parts of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan provinces will be hit by torrential rainfall of 60-120mm, said the center. Weather experts are urging local authorities in the Sichuan Basin and Shaanxi, Henan and Shandong provinces to enhance monitoring for possible flooding.

In the next three days it will be mostly overcast and showery in the drought-hit areas of southwest China, with rainfall of about 5mm to 15mm, forecasters said.


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