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City swelters ... now comes the rain

SHANGHAI'S temperature reached 37.1 degrees Celsius yesterday - the highest this year, weather experts said.

But the mercury is set to plummet from today as the plum rain season begins, bringing showers to cool the city, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today is forecast showery with thunder and the high down 10 degrees to 27 degrees, the bureau said. Tomorrow should also be rainy, with a low of 22 degrees and the high at 25.

Heavy rain is expected - 40 millimeters today and 70 millimeters tomorrow - across the city, according to the bureau.

A blue gale alert, the lowest of the four-scale system, and a yellow thunder alert, the lowest of the three-scale system, were issued at 5:54pm yesterday.

The temperature rose sharply yesterday morning and the observatory issued a yellow heat alert at 9:49am, warning that the mercury could reach 35 degrees.

However, yesterday's heat was stronger than expected, due to warm air masses, so by 11:14am the temperature was already 35 degrees and still rising. This prompted the observatory to upgrade the yellow heat alert to orange - for the first time this year - at 12:49pm.

Xujiahui meteorological station recorded 37.1 degrees Celsius at 2pm, which equaled the city's record for the first half of June.

The alert was lifted at 6:04pm.


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