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Hot, dry weather for coming days

TEMPERATURES are set to remain around 34 degrees Celsius over the next few days as the city enters what is traditionally seen as the hottest period of the year.

Under the influence of subtropical high pressure, the next five to seven days will be dry and hot, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

Yesterday, the mercury peaked at just under 34 degrees, and the highest temperatures will be around 34 to 35 degrees through to early next week, it said.

This coincides with the start today of sanfu — three periods forming the hottest period of summer — in the Chinese lunar calendar.

While it will be hot, it is not forecast to be sunny, with cloud predicted over the weekend. Temperatures will range from 27 to 34 degrees.

Cloud and sunny spells are predicted for Monday, with the highest temperature reaching 34 degrees.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature will climb 1 degree to 35 degrees, with 27 degrees as the low, said forecasters.

Bringing some respite from the heat, south to southeast breezes will prevail over this period.

Air quality is set to be between excellent and good today under the city Air Quality Index, with fine PM2.5 particles the top pollutant, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said.

As the hot spell persists, ozone will become the chief air pollutant, said the center.

The first high temperature day — when the mercury hits 35 degrees — occurred last Saturday, later than average in the city.

Shanghai is set to have between 23 and 29 days when temperatures exceed 35 degrees this year, compared to 28 days in 2013, forecasters have said.


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