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Heat's on way back as rains abate

SHANGHAI should see the return of scorching days in the next five to seven days with the maximum temperature hitting 36 degrees Celsius, forecasters said.

Today is expected to be cloudy with thundershowers in part of the city and the mercury should climb to 34 degrees Celsius.

The intermittent showers should stop as of tomorrow and the high is forecast to hit 35 degrees Celsius.

Sunny days should come back to the city through the weekend and heat should return. The readings should hit 36 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

"The seventh tropical storm Kahnun is moving up and Shanghai should be controlled by a subtropical high again," said Man Liping. "Kahnun was active above the east of the East China Sea recently and caused the coolness of the city, but such coolness should leave with the storm."

Along with the high temperature, yesterday's light winds also resulted in an accumulation of pollutants.

The city's average fine particles peaked at 146.6 micrograms per cubic meter at 5pm and its 24 hour reading reached 89 micrograms per cubic meter by 8pm, higher than the nation's daily standard - 75 micrograms per cubic meter.

The readings at all the 10 monitoring spots started to rise early yesterday and kept rising in the entire day.

With the strengthening of the subtropical high, the density of PM2.5 pollution in the city is expected to drop greatly as stronger winds begin to pick up to a much greater degree.


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