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City predicts less rainfall and sweltering days

SHANGHAI will see 10 percent less rainfall during this year's flood season than usual as well as fewer scorching days in summer, the city's anti-flood authority said today.

The Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters said the total precipitation in the flood season from June to September is likely to be around 550 to 650 millimeters, 10 percent less than the average 703 millimeters of the last decade.

About 170 to 210 millimeters of rain is expected during this year's "plum rain" season which is likely to occur earlier than the normal period from mid-June to mid-July.

Meanwhile, this summer's high-temperature days -- at and above 35 degrees Celsius -- may number 20 to 24 days, fewer than the 10-year average, local weather bureau said.

The highest temperature this summer is expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.


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