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Lots of rain, including from 2 typhoons, plus heat on way this summer, forecasters say

A SHORTER but more intense rainy season, including from two typhoons, is expected in Shanghai this summer, along with more hot days than in most previous years, officials said yesterday.

The city will endure 23 to 29 days with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), compared to 28 days in 2013. The extreme high temperature will reach as high as 40 degrees, a bit lower than the record-breaking heat of last year that saw 41- and 42-degree days, forecasters said.

The two typhoons to influence the city are expected to be stronger than those of previous years, the city's typhoon and flooding prevention authority said. Rain totaling about 240 millimeters is forecast during the flooding season this year, about the same as last year's 243 millimeters. But more thunderstorms and gales are expected. The city will enter the plum rain season late but finish earlier.

"Shanghai has high risk this year to encounter disastrous weather like typhoons and strong rainstorms during the flood season," said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

Last August saw floods in many parts of the city, and Gu said the situation this year is "not optimistic." The stronger typhoon and short-term rainfall still pose great threats to the city's flooding prevention campaign, he said.

To try to ensure safety, the flood-prevention authority has spent 30 million yuan to repair levees in Jinshan, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Jiading districts that were flooded amid the storms last year.

Some 230 kilometers of levees along with 144 floodgates were reinforced in the districts.

In downtown, some 1,000 kilometers of anti-flooding levees and 2,000 floodgates have been inspected.

Qilianshan Road in Putuo District, which was submerged in a flood last year, has been fortified with many pump stations and flood channels to relieve the impacts from the rain and flood this year, Gu said.

Traffic will be restricted when the accumulated water reach 25 centimeters on local roads, while the limit will be 20 centimeters downtown.


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