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Keep umbrellas close by

EVEN though it should be dry today, keep umbrellas close at hand, weather forecasters advised yesterday.

For although the plum rain will take break, it will return tomorrow. And after that, the city will have at least four days of rain, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Thunderstorms may hit the city tomorrow afternoon and there could be a lot of lightning on Friday afternoon, warned the bureau.

There may be respite from the rain on late Thursday and early Friday, but it will remain muggy and cloudy, forecasters said.

For this week, the maximum temperature will not climb above 30 degrees Celsius, with highs ranging between 24 and 28 degrees, and lows of between 20 and 22 degrees.

Forecasters said although the temperature is not high, people may still feel a bit lethargic due to the low air pressure and high humidity.

This year, the plum rain season began last Friday. The season usually lasts for around a month, though it has become less predictable in recent years, said forecasters.

In the past, the plum rain season featured continuous rain, but now fierce thunderstorms or rainstorms often occur, interspersed with scorching weather. When the rain stops, temperatures may rise to more than 35 degrees.

Forecasters reminded rheumatism and heart disease patients that they should take things very easy during the plum rain season.


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