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Relief from scorchers

COOLER, cloudy days are expected this week following a heatwave in the city during the first week of the month, weather forecasters said yesterday.

Due to cold air moving from the north, Shanghai experienced a cooler weekend, with the mercury dropping from 37.9 degrees Celsius last Thursday to 32.4 degrees Celsius yesterday.

While there may not be scorching days this week, average temperatures are expected to be above 30 degrees Celsius, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Highs will remain between 30 and 33 degrees and lows around 26 degrees, with wind and rain expected.

Frequent showers and thunderstorms are forecast from today to Wednesday. It will be more humid and stuffy due to low air pressure.

Rainfall will be heavier on Wednesday, but not enough to cool the city down, the Bureau said.

Zhang Ruiyi, one of the bureau's chief service officers, suggested residents keep windows open and let fresh air in to remove dampness from their homes.

The city has sweltered through five days since July 1 where high temperatures exceeded 35 degrees Celsius.

In recent years, Shanghai has frequently had scorching days in early July, meteorological statistics show.

In 2005, there were eight days with temperatures over 35 degrees at the beginning of July, the high reaching 39 degrees on July 3.


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