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Rains lash city, mercury tumbles

A COLD front lashed the city late last night, bringing with it strong gales and heavy rains and pushing down the temperatures by as much as 7 degrees Celsius.

Weather forecasters expect the rain showers to last until noon today.

Before the temperatures dipped yesterday, the benchmark Xujiahui Observatory reported a high of 31.3 degrees. The maximum temperature recorded at the weather station in Jiading District was 33.1 degrees, the highest among all the districts.

But after about 8pm, it rained in some of the districts and spread across the entire city, followed by strong winds.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said the wet weather will likely hover around the city until noon today with mercury ranging from 20 to 24 degrees due to the south-moving cold front.

Later in the afternoon or evening, it will be overcast to cloudy skies.

The bureau said temperatures may dip to as low as 18 degrees tomorrow morning with highs around 25 degrees. The temperature is forecast to drop below 20 degrees from Thursday to Saturday.

By Sunday, the city will welcome back warmer days. There is rain forecast for Saturday but with no obvious change in temperature.

Although Shanghai was no longer under the peripheral influence of this year’s 19th tropical storm Usagi on Monday, the meteorological bureau did not rule out the chance of a storm hitting the city later this month and in October.

“The usual typhoon season in China’s southeastern coastal areas is from July to September,” said Man Liping, a chief service officer at the bureau.

“But the city had been hit by typhoon in October before.”

The city’s air quality was also excellent for five days until 6pm yesterday.



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