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Heat respite but thunder to continue

THE stifling heat is expected to leave the city from today, but thunderstorms will continue, according to weathermen.

At noon yesterday the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued three violent weather alerts covering gales, lightning and rainstorms.

Fengxian District had the most rainfall in the city, with the Touqiao area in the district recording about 70 millimeters.

The maximum temperature yesterday dropped to 33 degrees Celsius, after several scorching days.

However, people still felt uncomfortable because of the high humidity.

This week thunderstorms hit almost every afternoon in the city, which forecasters consider abnormal.

"Most days a strong thunderstorm cloud cluster formed and developed rapidly," said Man Liping, a forecaster with the bureau.

"We believe a large amount of energy collected as the subtropical high grew stronger. When the energy met the cluster, thunderstorms hit."

Over the weekend, the maximum temperatures in the city will range between 32 and 34 degrees, according to bureau forecasters.


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