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Take cover, plum rain season has begun

THE annual plum rain season has begun and Shanghai residents can expect frequent showers over the next few days, according to city forecasters.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said there could be occasional thunder today and tomorrow and daily rainfall of between 40 and 60 millimeters.

The first downpour of the season came last night, the bureau said, and a rainstorm alert had been issued at 5.05pm.

Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the bureau, said the rain should weaken and gradually disappear by tomorrow evening but return again from Thursday. Maximum temperatures this week should be between 21 to 28 degrees Celsius, Zhu said.

Elsewhere, baking heat was the order of the day in China's northern regions while southern provinces were experiencing rainstorms.

The National Meteorological Center said Beijing and the neighboring city of Tianjin as well as Hebei, Shandong and Henan provinces saw temperatures rising to between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon. It said the high temperatures in those places would continue over the next few days.

Heavy rain and storms with occasional thunder are forecast to continue in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Hainan provinces today.

Tang Xu, director of the Shanghai bureau, said last month that rainfall in the city during this year's plum rain season would be above average.

However, that view was challenged by one amateur weather watcher.

Chen Wenhui, known for his accurate forecasts since 2009, said: "This year's plum rain season should be atypical with relatively less total precipitation but more rainy days. There should be fewer than four days with showers lasting all day long and city-wide torrential rain should happen no more than twice.

"The total precipitation in the plum rain season should be 30 to 40 percent less than last year."

Zhu said: "The expectation we released about half a month ago was a long-term prediction, which should only be used as a reference. Right now the season has started and we'll focus more attention on the daily and weekly forecast."

Meanwhile, this year's fourth tropical storm, Guchol, has been upgraded to a super typhoon and is heading from the west Pacific to Japan, the China Meteorological Administration said. But it is not expected to affect Shanghai.


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