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Weekly forecast calls for lots of rain

A mild and wet week is expected in the city, Shanghai forecasters said yesterday.

Showers are likely today through Friday as a warm and humid air mass from the southwest moves in, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The temperature will hover between 16 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees this week.

Today should be cloudy to overcast with a short shower. The high will be 23 degrees with a low of 16 degrees.

The forecast is much the same for tomorrow although the high is expected to dip to 21 degrees.

The bureau called for overcast skies and rain on Wednesday and Thursday with the mercury ranging between 17 and 23 degrees.

Less rain is expected on Friday, the bureau added.

Yesterday marked lixia, one of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, that marks the beginning of summer. However, the bureau said summer will not officially arrive until the end of this month or early June.

The bureau does not declare the start of summer until the average temperature reaches 22 degrees for five consecutive days.

It usually starts around May 28. Last year it was June 2. The earliest summer on record was in 2009, when it began on May 6. The latest start on record was in 1995, when it began on June 24.


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