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Not as bad as 1889, but that was some downpour
09.26.2017

    Not as bad as 1889, but that was some downpour

     

    Will the rain ever stop? It didn’t feel like it in downtown Shanghai yesterday and for one plucky but
    unlucky pedestrian not even an umbrella to fend off the worst of it.

    This is going to be one unpleasant week — wet and cold.

    Today is expected to see a reprieve from the rain, and the mercury will climb to 29 degrees Celsius. So far, so good, but residents may feel uncomfortable due to high humidity and possible air pollution.

    The rain comes back tomorrow, and a cold front is set to arrive, lowering the temperature on Thursday to 24 degrees. Also, downpours could well occur on Thursday.

    Friday and Saturday will be overcast to cloudy, and the low temperature may drop to 19 degrees, forecasters said.

    It was raining heavily over the weekend. Thunderstorms continued to drench the city yesterday. North Shanghai’s Baoshan District was hit hardest by the pouring rain. It recorded 145.1 millimeters of rainfall from 8am Sunday to 8am Monday, setting a local daily rainfall record for September.

    The Pudong New Area was also under the cosh with rainfall accumulating to 96.5 millimeters within 24 hours. Downtown Xujiahui recorded 87.4 millimeters.

    The most serious flooding occurred at a pedestrian crossing on Luoshan Road, where floodwater exceeded 120 centimeters.

    The relentless driving rain forced hundreds of flight delays and cancellations.

    Also, hundreds of residences and stores, and some road sections were waterlogged, according to the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters.

    A pedestrian passage on Luoshan Road was flooded with 1.2 meters of water.

    Fifteen water pumping vehicles and more than 500 volunteers were mobilized to deal with waterlogged drains. So far, the problems have been resolved, officials said.

    On Sunday evening, traffic police in Yangpu District found 13 car plates had been flushed of vehicles on the flooded Nenjiang Road. All 13 owners have been contacted to pick up their missing plates.

    In Shanghai, wet weather is common in late September, when summer turns to autumn, but thunderstorms are not.

    On average, Xujiahui Observatory Station records three to four rainy days in the last 10 days of September.

    In the 145-year history of record keeping, only 14 days recorded daily precipitation of 50 millimeters or higher, indicating torrential rain. 1889 holds the record, when there were 21 consecutive rainy days, from September 19 to October 9.

    Health officials warn residents of the risks of mosquito-borne dengue fever infections after days of heavy rains because mosquitoes thrive and breed in wet conditions.

    Residents are advised to mop up puddles and property managers should spray the entrances of drainage systems with insecticide.