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Full moon may be missing at festival

PEOPLE may miss the full moon at this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, as cloudy to overcast skies are expected that day, next Monday.

Before that, rain is expected to hit the city starting today and lasting until Sunday, forecasters said yesterday.

Today, the maximum temperature is expected to hit 31 degrees Celsius. Cooler days should follow, with highs in a range of 27 to 29 degrees from Friday through Monday. The lows during the period will be 23 to 24 degrees, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Forecasters said that although the city has been cooling down, people still have to wait some time before the fall comes meteorologically.

Fall's arrival is signaled when the daily average temperature drops to under 22 degrees for five straight days, the bureau said.

But the average in Shanghai is lingering around 26 degrees.

Usually Shanghai welcomes the season in late September or early October.

However, people should be aware that temperature changes within a day will increase as the Chinese solar term Bailu, or White Dews, arrives today.

Solar terms come from the ancient Chinese calendar. Forecasters said yesterday that people often catch colds around White Dews time, and should take care to wear more clothes in the mornings and evenings.


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