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Temperatures rising but smog will go ...

SHANGHAI is likely to get a little bit hotter this week. The sun should make a reappearance today but cloudy weather would dominate over the next three days, Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

Temperatures today will range between a low of 19 degrees Celsius and a high of 27.

Tomorrow should be cloudy to overcast with temperatures much the same but climbing from Saturday to reach 30 degrees on Sunday.

"The city's weather should be mostly overcast and cloudy with showers before next Monday," said Wu Rui, a chief service officer at the weather bureau. "The city should experience a sharp increase of temperatures from Monday as the subtropical high should strengthen by then."

Wu said the city was still in its annual plum rain season with rain recorded every day since the season began last Friday. "So far the precipitation remains at a normal level," he said.

The city suffered moderate to heavy smog over the past two days with the air quality index climbing over 160, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said.

Yesterday's AQI reached 209, the second highest level of the six-scale system, the center said.

The chief pollutant was PM2.5, the tiny particles hazardous to health, but Wu said easterly winds from today should bring fresher air from the sea.


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