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It's hot ... but it may not be summer

SUMMER may not officially arrive this week, despite the current heatwave, because a cold front is on the way, forecasters said yesterday.

Stifling hot weather should continue for the next couple of days before a weak cold snap arrives on Wednesday.

This will bring the high down to 23 degrees Celsius from yesterday's 33 degrees, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Summer is announced by the bureau when the average daily temperature climbs above 22 degrees for five consecutive days. The first day is considered the beginning of summer.

Average temperatures on Saturday and yesterday exceeded 22 degrees and the average temperature today and tomorrow should be above the summertime target.

So whether summer will be announced or not depends on the average of Wednesday, the fifth day in the sequence.

"There is a lot of uncertainty," said Man Liping, a chief service officer of the bureau. Wednesday is forecast showery with thunder and a low of 19 degrees and a high of 23.

Today and tomorrow are forecast to be cloudy with thunder and showers, with lows of 22 degrees and highs in the early 30s.


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