Yesterday, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau announced that the subtropical ridge continued to move west and had left the perimeter of the city, marking the end of the 19-day-long plum rain season for this year.
The end of this year’s plum rain is slightly later than that of last year when the season finished on July 5. That being said, the day count of the plum rain season of 2018 is still four days shorter than that of the average duration.
A shorter plum rain season also brings fewer downpours. This year, the plum rain didn't show its power until the last week of the season, with precipitation of downtown area only reaching 134.5 millimeters, much less than the average 243.1 millimeters. The weather department even referred to the season of this year as "irregular," according to The Paper.
Although we can finally say goodbye to the wet and humid season, more extreme weather conditions are on their way to Shanghai, starting with the super typhoon Maria. As a result, strong winds are forecast for July 11 and 12.
As the plum rain season comes to an end, we welcome the Xiaoshu (小暑) and Dashu (大暑) of the 24 solar terms, which are renowned for consecutive high-temperature days and typhoons. According to Weather Channel, the temperatures over the following days will hover around 33 degrees Celsius. So, get ready for the scorching and sweltering days ahead.
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