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Mercury to drop but humidity to ramp up

SHANGHAI should cool down a little this week after a scorching Saturday but it will be more humid with more rain expected, weather forecasters said yesterday.

The next few days should be mainly overcast with showers and temperatures ranging from 22 to 31 degrees Celsius, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

The bureau issued a yellow heat alert at 10:45am on Saturday, the first this year, as the temperature hit 36 degrees in the afternoon. But the maximum dropped nine degrees to 27 yesterday with more cloud and rain.

The bureau said the city is on the edge of the rain zone and more rain is expected in the next few days.

While the temperature won't get back to Saturday's 36 degrees, it will still feel hot because of the high humidity in the plum rain season, the bureau said, reminding people to take precautions against heatstroke.

Today thunderstorms should give way to overcast skies in the afternoon, with the temperatures ranging from 22 to 28 degrees.

Tomorrow is expected to be cloudy to overcast with temperatures between 23 and 31 degrees.

The next heavy rain is forecast for this weekend.

Also yesterday, dense fog prevented hundreds of ships departing or berthing at Shanghai's ports, maritime authorities said.

At least 260 ships have changed their sailing schedules at the city's Wusong and Waigaoqiao ports since Friday, said the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration.

Shanghai Wusong Port said the fog started to affect the port at about 2:30am yesterday, with visibility reduced to less than 500 meters in less than an hour - even as little as 100 meters in some places.

The minimum visibility for sailing is 1,000 meters.

Departures resumed at the ports at about 8:50am when the fog started to clear.

The Chongming Island and the Huangpu River commuter ferries were not affected.

Xing Dafeng, from the Wusong maritime authorities, said heavy fog may occur again this week.


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