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End of summer? Not yet

(Shanghai Daily)

10:58, August 24, 2011

Forecasters say summer is not yet over, despite yesterday being chushu in the Chinese calendar - the date from which the heat is believed to start dying down.

Recent cool weather, with highs below 30 degrees Celsius, seems to bear out the wisdom of the ancient solar terms.

And more comfortable weather is set to continue, with lows of 24 degrees Celsius and highs of 28 degrees, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

But this does not mean farewell to sweltering days, as they could well return next month, said Zhang Ruiyi, chief service officer of the observatory.

With the influence of cold and warm air streams, the mainly overcast and rainy conditions should continue in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Shanghai is also under the cloudy and rainy belt, said the bureau.

"The city is on the edge of the belt and enjoying cool cloudy conditions with short showers," explained Zhang.

"With the influence of the easterlies from the sea, the coolness should be maintained through the weekend."

Today and tomorrow are forecast cloudy with showers with a low of 24 degrees Celsius and a high of 28, said the observatory.

Zhang said chushu, the 14th solar term in the Chinese calendar, didn't necessarily apply in Shanghai. "These traditional terms usually refer to weather conditions in central China and are less instructive to the city," said Zhang.

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