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Cool, wet week but autumn still awaits

ANOTHER wet and cool start to the week is forecast, but it is still too early to say autumn weather is just around the corner, local meteorologists said yesterday.

The first three days of the week are expected to be rainy, with some thunderclouds present, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Today it should be overcast, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 27 degrees Celsius. It may get slightly warmer tomorrow, with a high of up to 29 degrees for two days.

Rain is likely to stick around until Thursday.

While autumn-like coolness may have already been felt, but it is still not autumn in meteorological terms.

There is a slim chance that autumn will start soon, forecasters said. The official standard is five consecutive days with average temperature below 22 degrees.

Autumn usually arrives around September 27, according to the bureau.

The city was hit by thunderstorms and sudden heavy rains yesterday afternoon and many flights in Shanghai were delayed.

The city's weather authority issued a yellow thunderstorm alert at noon.

Flights were grounded yesterday at both Hongqiao and Pudong international airports.

At Pudong, about 56 percent of the flights had been able to depart the airport on time by 3pm, said the airport operator. While 70 percent flights landed on schedule, officials said. Two flights scheduled to land at Hongqiao had to land at Pudong instead. Flights resumed operations after the rain stopped.


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