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Warmer days ahead as typhoon nears

TYPHOON Sanba is expected to exert its influence on Shanghai on Sunday or Monday, local meteorologists said yesterday but not before temperatures rise slightly.

The 16th tropical storm of the year, which has been upgraded to a typhoon and continues to strengthen over the Pacific Ocean, should bring showers to the east coast of China, including Shanghai, as early as Sunday, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

"Sanba is moving northwest and is likely to make a turn on the ocean," Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the bureau, told Shanghai Daily yesterday. "Its route is like Bolaven's but there are still different predictions. The most likely one is getting close to the east coast of China and going north." Typhoon Bolaven hit Shanghai late last month.

Sanba, named after Macau's famous tourist attraction, was 970 kilometers east of Manila, the Philippines, at 8am yesterday and was moving at a speed of between 10 to 15 kilometers per hour towards the northwest.

"It's still too early to precisely predict Sanba's strength," Kong added. "So far it's not like the previous typhoons."

Meanwhile, the mercury is expected to rise slightly in the next few days following the departure of a cold front, the bureau said.

With the cold front and the rain, Shanghai's maximum temperature was a pleasant 23.6 degrees Celsius yesterday - more than 8 degrees lower than on Wednesday.

But the high should gradually climb back to 26 degrees at the weekend, with the rain stopping overnight yesterday.

The city will remain cloudy and overcast for five days with some showers early next week. The low should stay around 22 degrees while the high should be stable at 26 degrees from tomorrow, the bureau said.


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