Down­pours pre­dicted for Dragon Boat and be­yond

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Li Qian

HEAVY rains will hit the city next week as plum rain sea­son looms, weather au­thor­i­ties say.

Fri­day is set to be cloudy, with a high tem­per­a­ture reach­ing 30 de­grees. Skies will be cloudy to over­cast over the week­end. The high will hover around 28 de­grees. Mean­while, air qual­ity will re­main good.

A sub­trop­i­cal heat­wave is set to gain strength from Sun­day, bring­ing a string rainy days next week, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Metro­log­i­cal Bureau.

On Mon­day, the day of Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val, down­pours are ex­pected across the city. Rains will get heav­ier from Tues­day and last for sev­eral days, in­di­cat­ing the ar­rival of the plum rains.

Ac­cord­ing to records from the Xu­ji­ahui weather sta­tion, plum rain sea­son usu­ally starts on June 17 and lasts for three weeks. But its ar­rival is de­ter­mined by sev­eral fac­tors, such as av­er­age tem­per­a­ture read­ings and rain­fall lev­els, fore­cast­ers said.

Af­ter the plum rain sea­son ends, the city will en­ter the dog days of sum­mer.

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