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Cool-down finally arrives but rain chances remain

SHANGHAI should get cooler as of today with the high dropping to around 30 degrees Celsius because of the expansion of the cold front, forecasters said.

Today should be overcast with scattered thundershowers and the maximum temperature should be 29 degrees, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected from tomorrow to the weekend, with a likelihood of frequent afternoon thundershowers. Temperatures in the next few days are expected to range from 26 to 32 degrees.

The cold front was to start influencing the city last night, and "conditions clearly will be good for rain," Man Liping, a chief service officer of the bureau, said yesterday. Today, "Shanghai should see a noticeable temperature plunge ... and thundershowers should be frequent in the following days."

Shanghai's high hit 34.3 degrees Celsius in urban areas yesterday and showers that had been expected did not occur.

Man said it rained in the Yellow River, Huaihe River and Yangtze River regions but the showers did not reach Shanghai.

"The subtropical high kept weakening eastward and the cold front was coming southward. The areas where cold and warm air met had serious rain," according to Man.

Meanwhile, the No. 15 storm Bolaven became a strong tropical storm yesterday in the western Pacific and headed toward the East China Sea at 10 to 15 kilometers per hour, the National Meteorological Center of China said. It was 2,385 kilometers from Shanghai by 3pm yesterday and not expected to affect the city in the next three days.


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