Batten down the hatches, folks. There are storms a-comin’! Oh, and turn on the air conditioner too.
This rainy season, Shanghai can expect to be hit by three typhoons, according to the city’s typhoon and flood prevention authority. Because of that this year’s rainy season is predicted to be especially severe with strong winds, thunderstorms and 800 millimeters of rain in the forecast, compared to only 684 millimeters last year.
Shanghai Daily reports that the city’s yearly rainy season is expected to start a bit later this year and last longer. Typically the season begins on June 17th and ends around July 10th.
Meanwhile, as per usual with Shanghai’s summers, when it isn’t raining, it will be blazing hot. The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau says that we can expect 22 to 28 days with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius. While last summer might have seemed unbearable at times, there were still only 15 such days.
Considering all this Shanghai Water Authority director Bai Tinghui said that he is “not optimistic” about the city’s situation this summer. The city of Guangzhou already experienced severe flooding earlier this month and Shanghai is at risk of the same kind of thing. So make sure to buy some boots and don’t forgot your umbrella.
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