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Plum rains end, time to bring on the heat

THE plum rain season ends today and will be followed by a heat wave, weather forecasters said yesterday.

This year's plum rain season lasted 30 days, which is longer than the usual 24 days, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

"Longer plum rain seasons generally mean fewer hot days," said Fu Yi, a bureau official.

The highs will range between 34 degrees Celsius and 37 degrees from tomorrow through Thursday, according to the bureau.

The bureau had earlier forecast this summer would have 15-20 hot days, when the temperature climbs to 35 degrees or above.

Yesterday marked the last rainstorm of this year's plum rain season, but there was little flooding, the city's flood control headquarters said.

Most of the precipitation fell in suburban areas with rainfall peaking at 63.7 millimeters on Chongming Island. Rainfall at the World Expo site measured between 23.6mm and 30mm.

The meteorological bureau issued a yellow thunderstorm alert, the lightest of a three-level system, and a yellow rainstorm alert, the third highest of the four-level system, yesterday morning. Both alerts were lifted at 4:40pm.


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