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Rain set to delay the summer

YOU might be feeling the heat already, but summer may be late this year, according to city forecasters.

Rain is expected from late today and although the city has been enjoying a mini heat wave, that means temperatures are expected to drop to below 22 degrees Celsius tomorrow.

"So it may not meet the official standard of summer, five consecutive days with average temperature above 22 degrees Celsius," said Chen Zhiqiang, deputy director of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Officially, summer may not arrive until early June.

Last year, Shanghai was in the summer season by early May, forecasters said. Data has shown that over the past 10 years summer has arrived between mid and late May.

Temperatures in the city reached more than 29 degrees yesterday but it will be cooler today ahead of the rainfall expected to start in the evening and continue for two days.

Shanghai is expected to experience more typhoons and rainy days but fewer high-temperature days than normal during this year's flood season that begins in the middle of next month, forecasters said.

Because more rain is expected - experts expect a 20 percent increase in precipitation - the plum rain season may begin earlier than usual.

Shanghai's flood-control system may be fully stretched when big storms hit, partly because there will be 28 occasions of high tides during the season, flood-control officials said.


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