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Heat relief to arrive in time for weekend

THE feverishly hot weather finally will be lifted a little over the weekend as showers are forecast to continue and turn heavier, weathermen said.

Today is forecast to be cloudy with afternoon thundershowers. The maximum temperature should drop to 34 degrees Celsius, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

With the returning of the lingering rain belt, thundershowers should be more frequent starting tomorrow and the city's high should gradually drop to around 31 degrees, meteorologists said.

"The rain belt should move south with the weakening of the subtropical high and the showers should turn more serious in the weekend," said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the bureau. "As a consequence, the city should say farewell to high-temperature days, which should not return right away."

But the rain belt's return did not necessarily mean return of plum rain season, Kong added.

"The circulation situation is like the plum rain but it's not stable yet and more observation is needed," Kong said yesterday. "Generally, the return of the plum rain will not be confirmed until it's over due to the uncertainty of such conditions."

Kong said it was unclear whether the rain belt would just sweep over the city or stay for a while. However, heat marked by temperatures at or above 35 degrees should not return before early next week, according to the bureau's five-day forecast.

Yesterday should have been the last high-temperature day this week, with the mercury reaching 35 degrees in the afternoon. The city has experienced 10 high-temperature days this season and there should be another 16 days, according to the previous prediction of the bureau. Showers fell in most of the city yesterday, especially in urban areas in the afternoon, which cooled the city.

There was slight air pollution in terms of fine particles yesterday, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said. Thanks to showers, the air quality should be better today.


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