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Forecast calls for nasty heat wave
By Ke Jiayun

SUMMER is about to kick into high gear this week as the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau forecast a heat wave beginning tomorrow.

The bureau said the temperature may reach up to 38 degrees Celsius tomorrow and Wednesday, while the rest of the weekdays will see the high hover around 35 degrees.

Light rain is expected to bring some relief from the heat on the weekend, the bureau said.

Although the annual plum rain season ended yesterday, thunderstorms are still possible, particularly in the afternoon. So keep an umbrella handy even if the day starts out sunny.

This year's plum rain season lasted 23 days, three more than average. And it started 10 days earlier than the usual June 17.

The bureau add that the city received about 23 percent less precipitation than usual during this year's plum rain season.

Total precipitation at its Xujiahui observatory during the plum rain season was 185.5 millimeters, compared with the average of 242 millimeters.

The southern areas of the city received more precipitation than northern Shanghai, according to the bureau.

The bureau also noted there was a sharp fluctuation in temperatures during the season, with the start and the end being relatively cool at about 30 degrees. The middle of the season was extremely hot, particularly on June 17 and 18, when the mercury soared to 36.4 and 36.6 degrees, respectively.

The bureau earlier predicted the number of high temperature days (35 degrees or above) this summer would be between 22 and 27. There have been two high temperature days so far this summer.

Meanwhile, the National Meteorological Center yesterday said a typhoon was approaching the southern coast of Guangdong Province and eastern Hainan Province in southern China.

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