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Summer likely is here amid string of warmer days

SHANGHAI may have entered the meteorological summer on Saturday as the weather is expected to stay warm this week.

Locals enjoyed a mild weekend of mixed sun and clouds, with an average temperature above 22 degrees Celsius.

If the warm tendency is not disrupted before Thursday, Shanghai will have entered summer, weather officials said.

Summer will be announced once the average 24-hour temperature hits 22 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days after "Li Xia," a solar term of the Chinese lunar calendar that usually occurs around May 5.

This week's weather is forecast to be mostly wet. The mercury will climb a little bit each day and will range from a low of 20 degrees Celsius to a high of 31, weather officials said.

Forecasters suggested locals take an umbrella when going out, as the city is expected to see drizzle or showers from Monday to Thursday.

Today's weather is forecast to be cloudy to intermittently rainy, and the mercury should range from a low of 20 degrees to a high of 25. Tomorrow should be cloudy to drizzly, and the high is expected to reach 26 degrees. The temperature should gradually climb to 29 degrees on Thursday.

The rain will be replaced by overcast to cloudy weather on Friday, with the high expected to hit 31 degrees and the low at 22.

Even if summer arrived on Saturday, it came on the late side compared to the past decade, meteorologists said. Data shows that over the past 10 years, summer has usually arrived between middle and late May. Last year, the city entered summer in early May.

Moreover, this year's summer is forecast to be slightly cooler than average. Forecasters predict 23 days with a high reaching 35 degrees or more, three days fewer than the past decade's average of 26 days. The city also is forecast to have six days with a high above 37 degrees, two fewer than average.


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