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Temperatures set to be highest this year

AFTERNOON showers should ease this week, sending temperatures soaring to the highest this year, said the city's weather authority.

Yesterday was the 11th high temperature day of this summer - when the mercury reaches 35 degrees Celsius. But the heat did not last long as a thunderstorm around noon brought temperatures down to 31 degrees, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

While the thunderstorm affected most areas, precipitation was uneven. Rainfall in Songjiang District was 0.2 millimeters, while in Minhang District it reached 47.3 millimeters.

Conditions may be similar today and tomorrow - mostly cloudy with thundershowers - but from Wednesday until the end of the week temperatures should hit 38 degrees, the bureau said.

"Almost every day of this week should be a high-temperature day and the high may reach 38 degrees on Thursday," said Sha Boning, a forecaster at the bureau.

The strengthening and extending of the subtropical high pressure front above Shanghai is the main reason for the city heating up, Sha explained.

Bureau officials said the coming days could be the hottest period of the year and reminded city residents to take precautions to guard against heatstroke.


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