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Hot, humid day on tap, then rain

Shanghai's temperature is expected to hit 33 degrees Celsius today, the hottest day of the year so far, while showers in the following two days should bring some coolness, forecasters said yesterday.

The city is under the influence of a warm and wet air mass, and the resulting humidity will make it feel hotter than the actual temperature, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

"There should not be winds and people may feel hot and stuffy with the temperature and high humidity," said Fu Yi, an official of the bureau.

Rain with possible thunderstorms is forecast tomorrow and Monday, bringing the temperature down to 31 degrees tomorrow and 27 degrees on Monday. The humidity in the next few days should stay high - from 60 to 80 percent.

The humidity has caused an unexpected termite problem. Many residents, especially those living in old houses in urban areas, complained they had termites in their homes. Swarms of termites were seen on Wednesday night at Metro station entrances across the city. Some even flew into high-rise apartments and office buildings through the windows, residents said.

The situation was serious on Wednesday night around Maoming Road N. and Weihai Road in downtown Jing'an District. Swarms of termites gathered under the street lamps and were ready to swoop into houses. A bakery was seriously attacked.

"The ... termites suddenly rushed into our store and the cakes that we just made were all ruined," an employee said.

Experts said the current weather is conducive to termites reproducing. The insects' reproduction usually starts in April and peaks in June.


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