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Forecast is sweltering weather for week ahead

SHANGHAI's temperature hit 36 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day yesterday and the heat should stick around, forecasters said.

Showers are expected this week as well, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Thundershowers are likely in the afternoon and the average high this week should be above 35 degrees, according to the bureau. Today and tomorrow are forecast to be cloudy with a high of 35.

"Shanghai is under the influence of a subtropical high and around the edge of a rain belt between the Yangtze River and Huaihe River," explained Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau. "The temperatures should be high and thundershowers should be frequent, which should make people feel sweltering."

The mercury is expected to inch higher in the latter half of the week, Zhang added.

Shanghai saw 369.5 millimeters of rain in June - over 150 percent of the June average, while temperature was below average. The latter part of the plum rain season, which the city is in, is usually the hottest.

Shanghai's air quality decreased yesterday morning with the PM2.5 reaching over 120 in much of the city early on. The index quickly fell later in the day to around 40, according to the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

China's national standard for PM2.5 is a daily average of 75 micrograms per cubic meter.


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