“Nepartak” developed over the weekend south of Guam and escalated from a severe tropical storm into a typhoon on Monday evening. The storm is predicted to potentially threaten Shanghai later this week.
According to Weather.com, Nepartak is the first named storm in the western Pacific basin since Dec. 17, 2015, setting a new mark for the longest stretch without at least a single tropical storm in that region in 66 years of records. Just what southern China needs, more water.
The Shanghai Meteorological Center has issued a yellow heatwave warning with the typhoon on its way to the southeast coast of China. The center states that in the coming days the temperature of the city would rise as the typhoon approaches. In most districts of Shanghai, including Pudong, Songjiang, Qingpu, Minhang, Jiading and Baoshan, the temperature will surpass 35 degrees Celsius.
The Central Meteorological Observatory (CMO) also announced this morning that they believe Nepartak would continue to intensify, reaching a “strong typhoon” status. It is still too early to determine the ultimate course of the storm, whether it will move northeast towards Fujian (and eventually Shanghai) or make a turn into the South China Sea.
In the end, it is possible that the two-week long rainy season in Shanghai will end around July 10th. Thank god.
By Chong Li