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Hot date to follow cool start to week

COOLER weather is forecast for the first part of the week, but things will heat up just in time for what the traditional Chinese calendar says is the start of the hottest time of year on Friday.

Following thunder and lightning and heavy downpours over the weekend, thundershowers are again forecast for early this week as a south-moving rain belt dominates city weather.

Today will be overcast, with the cloud thickening toward nightfall, bringing showers and perhaps thunder and lightning.

More rain is expected tomorrow, again possibly with thunder and lightning.

Wednesday morning will see clearer skies but afternoon thundershowers are forecast to hit parts of the city.

Temperatures will be between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius through Wednesday, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

But skies will clear up on Thursday with the arrival of subtropical high pressure. The city is set to remain rain-free on Friday, with the high climbing to 35 degrees and the low at 27 degrees.

This hike in the mercury chimes perfectly with what the traditional Chinese calendar sees as the start of the dog days of summer.

Friday marks the beginning of fu, which this year lasts 40 days.

However, Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer at the bureau, told Shanghai Daily that fu is not closely related to the number of high temperature days.

Rain and winds over the weekend helped disperse the pollution that had been hanging over the city last week after stable air pressure created a “lid” keeping pollutants in.

The city’s Air Quality Index remained low yesterday, however, light pollution is forecast for today.


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