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Heavy rain likely today

HEAVY downpours and strong gales today are expected to challenge students sitting for the all-important national college entrance exam, forecasters said.

Thunderstorms are predicted this morning, and torrential rain should hit the city from the afternoon to the evening, with precipitation of up to 20 millimeters per hour, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Precipitation should reach totals of 40 to 80 millimeters today as humid, warm air comes in from the southwest.

Rains will continue but weaken significantly tomorrow, meteorologists said.

Officials said students and parents should leave home early, take dry towels and clothing, and wrap important documents in plastic.

Temperatures today will drop to a low of 21 degrees Celsius and a high of 23 degrees from yesterday's high of 28.

Tomorrow, the temperature will range from 18 degrees to 23 degrees.

On Sunday, overcast to rainy weather is forecast, with a low of 20 and a high of 24.

Monday and Tuesday, the first two days of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, may also be rainy, with temperatures between 21 and 26 degrees.

The festival, celebrated on Wednesday, is expected to have similar temperatures and cloudy weather.


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