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Hot weather to follow rainy weekend

A WET weekend is set to give way to hot, dry weather at the start of next week, local weather forecasters said yesterday.

Following yesterday’s moderate level pollution — when the concentration of pollutant PM2.5 was 130 micrograms per cubic meter, compared to the  nation’s limit 75 micrograms per cubic meter — light smog is forecast today, as winds that would disperse pollutants are light, said officials.

Showers are forecast for late tomorrow and the rain will continue into the weekend, with thunder and lightning expected, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Temperatures for the remainder of the week will range between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius, compared to 29 degrees yesterday.

Monday and Tuesday are forecast to see highs exceeding 30 degrees. It will be overcast, but no rain is expected.

The city has been in the plum rain season for nearly a fortnight and some residents have felt that this year’s plum rain days have been cooler than that in previous years.

The bureau explained that is because the plum rain belt keeps moving southbound and the city was mostly on its northern edge.

Frequent belts of rain weather and cloudy conditions have also contributed to the lower temperatures.

Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the bureau, said Shanghai’s plum rain season generally lasts for around 20 days, typically ending around July 10.

However, the bureau said it could not say whether this year’s plum rain season will end next week as the overall picture is still unsettled.


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