Week­end re­lief from damp dreary days

Shanghai Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Ke Ji­ayun

THE damp gray skies with us since De­cem­ber have set records for the high­est pre­cip­i­ta­tion and least sun­shine dur­ing the pe­riod in the city’s weather his­tory, lo­cal weather bureau said.

The rain­fall of the past 40 days in the city’s out­skirts was triple the av­er­age since 1961, when sub­ur­ban weather sta­tions were built. Sub­ur­ban ar­eas got 15 more rainy days than the norm. Down­town ar­eas also saw the most rainy days since the bench­mark Xu­ji­ahui weather sta­tion was es­tab­lished in 1872.

Sun­shine was at a record low. Tak­ing sub­ur­ban Baoshan District as an ex­am­ple, the district has basked un­der the sun for less than 60 hours since De­cem­ber, only one third of its nor­mal 176 hours. Sun­shine in other dis­tricts ranged from 54 to 72 hours, below or ap­proach­ing their low­est read­ings.

In the past ten days, Xuhui, Qingpu, Min­hang, Songjiang, Fengx­ian dis­tricts and the Pudong New Area al­most got no sun­shine, while Jiad­ing, Boashan and Jin­shan dis­tricts en­joyed sunny skies for only one to two hours. Chong­ming re­ceived the most, 3.4 hours.

Wet con­di­tions are ex­pected to last for one more day be­fore the dry, cloudy skies re­turn on Sun­day. Some peo­ple may ac­tu­ally see the sun on Sun­day.

How­ever, rain will make its way back early next week. Driz­zly weather is set to be­gin Mon­day.

The mer­cury from to­day to Sun­day will range from 5 to 10 de­grees Cel­sius. Mon­day will be a lit­tle warmer.

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