The high temperatures return next week

It is still going to be hot despite Sunday marking the end ofsanfu.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Next week, the city will have a break from rain, but the  mercury may soar, forecasters said.

The hot, sultry days of summer are not over despite Sunday marking the end of sanfu, or the hottest period in the traditional Chinese solar calendar.

High temperatures will hover around 33 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday. But the high humidity may make people feel hot, stuffy and uncomfortable, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Residents are warned to brace for the intermittent regional afternoon thunderstorms and advised to check hourly forecasts.

This August has recorded six days with the temperature hitting 35 degrees and higher, with the latest last Friday.

This Sunday is the last day of the 40-day sanfu period, but it doesn’t mean the end of heat. Next week, the city will have a break from the rain, but around the middle of next week, the mercury may soar to 35 degrees again, forecasters said.

Officially, however, next Wednesday will mark the start of the traditional Chinese solar term chushu, literally the end of the heat.

Traditionally, this means the end of summer and the start of autumn. But meteorologically, Shanghai’s autumn will start around the turn of September and October.

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