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Clear skies, fresh air as wind cools the city

Blue skies and white clouds provide the backdrop for a panoramic view of skyscrapers across the Huangpu River as Shanghai breathed fresh air brought by a southeast wind which is freeing the city from the scorching heat it has suffered for nearly 40 days.

City enjoyed clear skies and fresh air yesterday, with the air quality index, at 43, in the lowest “good” tier of a six-tier scale.

The average density of dangerous PM2.5 particles was 25 micrograms per cubic meter — a third of the nation’s limit of 75 — giving Shanghai a pleasant blue sky dotted with white clouds for most of the day.

The highest temperature was 35.9 degrees Celsius yesterday, the 39th day of temperatures above 35 degrees. The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau predicted 27 such days at the beginning of the summer, but that was before the city recorded its hottest July in 140 years.

The southeast wind is expected to continue to turn down the heat, with today’s maximum at around 35 degrees.

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