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Forecast calls for rain this week

THE forecast calls for slightly cooler weather and showers this week, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Today is expected to be the coolest day of the week with a high of 31 degrees Celsius and a low of 26 degrees. It will be cloudy with the chance of a heavy shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon, the bureau said.

Tomorrow will be overcast with the possibility of more rain while the temperature will range between 26 and 32 degrees, the bureau said.

Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer of the bureau, said that the showers will likely continue through Friday.

The bureau said the mercury will rise gradually to 34 degrees as the week progresses.

Meanwhile, residents noticed the clear sky in the past week, calling it the most beautiful in a decade.

The weather bureau said that the city's proximity to the ocean means pollutants in the air can be dissipated if the wind blows from the southeast.

"The southeast wind has brought a lot of clean air to the city and the sky looks very blue," Li Jinyu, another chief service officer at the bureau said yesterday.

The Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said the city's air quality had been excellent for 14 consecutive days with visibility at about 20 kilometers.

It said the air quality during the past two weeks was the best in the last 10 years.

The evaluation was based on the average density of pollutants, the duration of excellent air quality, the high visibility, and other factors, the center said.

Wei Haiping, assistant chief engineer of the center, told Xinmin Evening Post that continuous efforts to reduce air pollution has contributed to the clear sky of late.


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