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June 23, 2011

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Scorcher ... then showers

THE city can expect a scorcher today with the high reaching 35 degrees Celsius, weather forecasters said yesterday.

However, the fine weather is likely to be short-lived as showers are forecast for tonight, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Over the weekend, Shanghai should turn cloudy with thunderstorms predicted and the temperature could drop below 30 degrees.

Man Liping, a chief service officer at the bureau, said city weather conditions are likely to be changeable due to the unstable movement of a rain belt in the area.

"The situation is complicated these days and it's still unclear when the plum rain season should end," Man told Shanghai Daily. "The weather should be mostly showery for the rest of the week, but not as heavy as previously."

Yesterday was the summer solstice and the mercury hit 34.1 degrees Celsius. However, showers cooled the city later in the afternoon.

Since the beginning of the plum rain season on June 10, 253.9 millimeters of rain has fallen on the city. This is more than the usual average amount of the whole season, which usually lasts around 30 days.

"This year's precipitation is more than usual and we'll keep observing to see how it goes," Man said.

The bureau had earlier expected less rainfall this plum rain season due to drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.


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