From blazing sunshine to a deluge

With the hottest day of the year on Sunday, a deluge yesterday and cooler weather ahead – Shanghai is riding a temperature roller coaster this week.
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Vehicles wade through the water on Zunyi Road S. in Shanghai yesterday.

The city was deluged yesterday afternoon. Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow alert for lightning at 12:43pm yesterday, followed at 2:58pm by a yellow alert for rainstorms, warning of over 50 millimeters of precipitation within six hours.

The weather bureau said from 8am to 5pm, the downtown Xujiahui area recorded accumulated rainfall of 34.2mm, and Songjiang District — the most severely hit — had 39.4mm of accumulated rainfall.

With the hottest day of the year on Sunday, a deluge yesterday and cooler weather ahead — the city is riding a temperature roller coaster this week. The mercury hit 28.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, but downpours lowered the temperature to around 16 degrees by 5pm yesterday.

A cold front today will further cool the city. The temperature is set to range from 13 to 16 degrees.

Tomorrow and Thursday will be cloudy, with temperatures fluctuating between 12 and 22 degrees.

From Friday, the sunshine is back, with the high expected to reach 25 degrees, rising to 27 degrees on Saturday. However, on Sunday the rain returns.

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