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Cooler weekend forecast for city

SHANGHAI can expect some respite from scorching temperatures over the weekend, with the influence of Typhoon Soulik set to bring showers and strong winds, forecasters said yesterday.

Residents are advised to keep umbrellas handy over the next three days, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

It should be overcast with showers today, with temperatures ranging between 32 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow is forecast to be cloudy with showers in parts of the city, with the highest temperature around 34 degrees.

An afternoon thunderstorm is forecast for Monday, when temperatures should rise to 36 degrees. The low will be around 28 degrees.

Shanghai should sizzle again on Tuesday and Wednesday - both of which are forecast sunny, with highest temperatures hitting 37 degrees.

Yesterday's high of 35.3 degrees saw the bureau issue a yellow alert - the lowest in the three-level color system.

Suburban Jiading District recorded the highest reading at 35.9 degrees.

The heat wave saw the city's water use reach a three-year peak of 9.88 million cubic meters on Thursday, when temperatures in parts of Shanghai exceeded 40 degrees, said officials.

China today enters what is considered the hottest season, known in Chinese as sanfu - three consecutive summers - on the Chinese lunar calendar.

This period will last 40 days this year.

Already this summer, the city has had 11 high temperature days - when the mercury reaches 35 degrees Celsius. This compares with an average of five to six such days between July 1 and 15.

The bureau recorded an average temperature of 31.6 degrees in Shanghai between July 1 and 10, making it the hottest in the period since records began 140 years ago.

Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau said this year's high temperatures were due to the influence of a subtropical high-pressure front.

This brought sunny weather, high temperatures and little rainfall, dominating city weather after the plum rain season ended on June 30.

The bureau has predicted up to 27 high temperature days this summer.

Sanfu usually lasts from mid-July to mid-August, when, according to traditional beliefs, prevailing yang energy in the universe and human body reaches its peak.


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