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Summer Forecast: Lighter Rains

BRAVELY venturing into long-term forecasts as the World Expo approaches, weather authorities are predicting less rainfall in Shanghai during the six-month event compared with the last five years, and an early summer that's no hotter than 35 degrees Celsius.

Tang Xu, director of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, said rainfall during the Expo should be about 10 percent lighter than the average for the previous five years - but more rains are expected to pour down in plum rain season.

Shanghai may enter its plum rain season in late June this year, said the bureau's forecast.

During the roughly 20-day season, Shanghai may get about 20 percent more rainfall than average in the last three years.

After those stuffy and hot rainy days, the city will see its bright scorching time in July. Tang had good news for September and autumn: No extremely hot days in the forecast.

On the other hand, two typhoons may affect Shanghai or nearby areas, Tang said. Those would come in late summer.

However, bad weather, such as lightning and thunderstorms, might suddenly hit the city during the Expo, Tang said.


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