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Summer’s here and mercury’s set to soar

SUMMER has arrived in Shanghai — and that’s official.

And over the next four days temperatures are set to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

As the average temperature had been above 22 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days from Wednesday, the bureau declared yesterday that the city entered summer — in meteorological terms — on Wednesday.

The average temperature yesterday was 25.1 degrees Celsius, though the humid, overcast weather didn’t make for the most comfortable conditions.

On average summer usually starts in Shanghai around May 29, so it’s slightly earlier this year, said Fu Yi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

The city should have several days of good weather this week, with the temperature soaring to 33 degrees, added Fu.

Today should be sunny with some cloud and temperatures ranging from 23 to 31 degrees.

The mercury will climb higher still tomorrow, touching 32 degrees, and it is set to be sunny with cloudy spells.

On Wednesday, the high should hit 33 degrees, with a low of 23 degrees expected.

But on Thursday, it will turn overcast again, with the high dropping back, though still around 30 degrees.

And on Friday, rain will return with temperatures of between 21 and 29 degrees predicted.

The earliest summer on record in Shanghai was in 2009, which started on May 6.

The latest start was 1911, finally getting under way on July 4, according to the bureau.

It’s still too early to predict how many summer days there will be this year, Fu said.

Last year, the city recorded a record number of 157 summer days, the longest stretch since Shanghai began keeping meteorological records in 1872.


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