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Typhoon influence may bring gales and downpours

MUIFA, the year's ninth typhoon, could bring gales and torrential rain to Shanghai this week, weather forecasters said yesterday.

Although it is not currently close to the city, Muifa is predicted to land on neighboring Zhejiang Province during the second half of the week.

The tropical cyclone - which grew from a tropical storm to a typhoon yesterday - is still increasing in strength. It is expected to affect Taiwan in a couple of days.

"The center of Muifa is rather strong, which means the rain and wind it brings may also be fierce," said Zhang Ruiyi, a forecaster with the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Forecasters said although the typhoon is unlikely to land on Shanghai, its influence could result in rain and gales.

Meanwhile, the sizzling heat that dominated the city weather for the past week is expected to cool down even before Muifa's intervention.

Today, the high temperature will be around 34 degrees Celsius, and from tomorrow to Friday, the daily maximum temperature will range between 31 to 33 degrees, said the bureau.

Thunderstorms are expected in the afternoons, forecasters warned.

Yesterday's thunderstorm, hitting most areas of Shanghai, brought air traffic to a halt for 20 minutes at the city's two airports, but no flooding was reported on city streets.


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