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Downpour delays 69 flights

A thunderstorm postponed the departures of 69 flights from Shanghai during today's morning rush hour.

The delayed flights included four flights to Seoul and Hong Kong from the Pudong International Airport. However, no flight was cancelled due to the weather.

Sections of the Middle Ring Road and other main roads in the city were jammed in the heavy rain. Road congestion continued until around 10:30, according to local traffic authorities.

Some inter-city buses to the neighboring Jiangsu Province were also delayed for up to 30 minutes due to the morning downpour at the Hongqiao Transportation Hub.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow thunderstorm alert this morning, warning people of torrential rains in downtown and northern Shanghai.

The shower started around 6am in downtown districts and suburban Jiading and Baoshan districts. Precipitation in Jiading reached 62 millimeters, the bureau said. But no big flooding was reported.

The weathermen said the thundershower weather would end this weekend. "The city is now at the edge of a subtropical high and feels warm and humid. A weak cold front is moving southward, causing the turbulent weather," said Man Liping, a chief forecaster.

Tomorrow should be cloudy with scattered thunderstorms in the city. The mercury is likely to reach 34 degrees Celsius.

The sky is expected to clear up on Friday and the high will be around 36 degrees.


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