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Rain set to cool city after hot spell

TIMELY rain is expected to cool the city today after a hot spell, according to Shanghai weather experts.

The maximum temperature today is forecast to drop below 30 degrees Celsius, with showers tipped for late in the afternoon.

Intermittent showers were expected to continue until Thursday, the Shanghai Bureau of Meteorology said yesterday.

Rain, caused by a cold front, should lower temperatures this week, with minimums forecast to touch between 14 and 16 degrees.

However, meteorologists said yesterday that it would feel hot today since the temperature variation should be as little as 8 degrees, with a low of 20 degrees and a high of 28.

Following the heat on Sunday, yesterday's temperature in the downtown area of the city hit 29.7 degrees, with plenty of sun, the bureau said.

"The city was under a warm air mass and a subtropical high pressure was another cause of the heat," said Li Jinyu, one of the chief service officers of the bureau.

"It was a dry heat, so the humidity was not high."

Weather stations at the World Expo site yesterday recorded a temperature of 30 degrees between 1pm and 2pm.

Shanghai residents and visitors can receive real-time weather information, including temperatures, humidity readings and ultraviolet intensity data at the site through three hotlines, one of which, 5198-3972, is in English.

Tomorrow is lixia, the seventh of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, meaning the beginning of summer.

The weather for tomorrow is forecast to be showery and the temperature to reach a low of 21 degrees and a high of 26.

The sky should clear again by Thursday afternoon and the temperature that day is expected to reach a maximum of about 23 degrees, according to the bureau.


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