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Shanghai feels the effect as city cools

The 40-day Fu, the hottest part of summer according to the Chinese lunar calendar, ended yesterday with a high of 32.6 degrees Celsius in Shanghai as temperatures cooled due to scattered afternoon showers brought by Typhoon Trami, forecasters said.

The storm caused the cancellation of some flights to and from the south of China today.

China Eastern and Shanghai airlines cancelled 20 flights to and from Taipei in Taiwan and 10 flights to and from airports in Fuzhou in southeast Fujian Province from late last night to noon today.

Juneyao Airlines cancelled six flights between Hongqiao and airports in Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province and Xiamen and Liancheng in Fujian Province.

Weather conditions in Shanghai today are expected to be humid with relative humidity ranging from 70 percent to 90 percent, likely to be a result of moisture flowing from the sea.

Although the eye of Trami is far from Shanghai, the city will suffer strong gusts of winds and rain at times today, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Today’s mercury will hover between a low of 28 degrees and a high of 32, with overcast to cloudy conditions.

The gusts are forecast to weaken tonight, the bureau’s Zhang Ruiyi said.

“Shanghai will see cloudy days on Friday and Saturday, with slightly increasing temperatures,” Zhang said. “Highs on Friday and Saturday will be in a range between 34 to 35 degrees, but such high temperatures will only last for short periods.”

Zhang said a weak cold front would make the high drop to 33 degrees on Sunday and Monday, accompanied by showers or storms.

Tomorrow is Chu Shu, also known as limit of heat, the 14th in the 24 Chinese solar terms, which indicates an end to sweltering summer days.

“It’s hard to say if there will be some other heat waves in the following days,” Zhang said. “But the hot days often don’t disappear until October according to the bureau’s database.”



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