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Goodbye plum rain season, hello dry weather, for now

HIGH temperatures and dry weather are on the way this week, with the plum rain season coming to an end today as the stationary front moves away, local weather authorities said yesterday.

Today marked the solar term xiaoshu — which means that sizzling days are not far away from the city.

Rain is set to depart, with skies clearing and the mercury back to the low thirties. However, light smog is expected.

But the dry weather is unlikely to last through to the weekend, with thundershowers forecast on Friday night.

The highs will range between 30 and 32 degrees, with lows between 23 and 25 degrees.

This year’s plum rain season — starting on June 20 and ending on July 7 — was shorter than in previous years which generally lasted 23 days.

According to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, the city’s plum rain season often begins on June 17 and ended on July 10, with an average temperature of 25.9 degrees Celsius.

This summer, temperatures for the plum rain season have been slightly cooler than previous years, due to some strong cold fronts from the northeast, which pushed the average temperature down to around 24 degrees.

The bureau said rainfall recorded during the period was less than before, with 223.4 millimeters at benchmark Xujiahui weather station.


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