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Days warmer, summer still late

SHANGHAI'S temperature should gradually climb over the weekend and the sky should be partly to mostly cloudy and pleasant.

Drizzles are still possible in some areas from tonight to early tomorrow morning but should not influence temperatures much, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today's weather is forecast to be cloudy and the mercury should range from a low of 19 degrees Celsius to a high of 25. Tomorrow should be mostly cloudy and the high is expected to reach 27 degrees. The temperature should gradually climb to 29 degrees Celsius next week.

Shanghai enjoyed cool temperatures in the past few days from the intermittently rainy and overcast weather, which delayed arrival of the meteorological summer. Summer will be announced once the average temperature hits 22 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days. "Li Xia," the beginning of summer, usually arrives around May 5. The first day of the five would be the beginning of the season.

But Wednesday's rain lowered the high to 20 degrees Celsius and yesterday's high was just under 25, not enough to lift the average temperature.

Last year, Shanghai hit summer by early May, forecasters said. Data shows that over the past 10 years, summer has arrived between mid and late May.

The late summer this year also should be cooler than average. Forecasters predict 23 days with a high reaching 35 degrees Celsius, three days fewer than the past decade's average of 26 days. The city also is forecast to have six days with a high of 37 degrees Celsius or above, two fewer than average.


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