Shanghai Set for Wettest Winter in History with More Rain to Come

By Urban Family, February 26, 2019

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This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.


By Yuzhou Hu

Despite the sun's brief appearance during the past few days, it is already planning another break from the city, as rainy weather is predicted to return to the city starting from tonight, reports Shine.

During the past few months, residents of Shanghai have been constantly puzzled by the question, "when will the sun come out?" As a result, the sale of umbrellas and clothes dryers on Taobao has sextupled, reports The Paper, and some netizens even made memes poking fun at the non-stop drizzle.

Have you bit the dust? Image via 中国国家地理/Weibo

The Wandering Sun, 'the sequel to the hit film The Wandering Earth,' now playing in Shanghai. Image via 上海发布/Weibo

Based on the statistics of Shanghai Metrological Bureau, we have experienced a total of 46 rainy days since December 1 of last year, which is very close to the record set in 1919 and 1969 in Shanghai’s weather history, when civilians lived through 50 and 49 wet days, respectively. Considering we still have a long way to go before the arrival of spring, this winter has a good chance of setting a new record.

What has bothered Shanghairen as much as the downpours is the lack of sunshine. Shanghai usually receives four to five hours of daylight per day and a total of 431 hours of sun in winter. This year, the sun has graced the city for a mere 145 hours.

According to The Weather Channel, the wayward celestial sphere will be absent without leave for most of the next two weeks. If it's any comfort, the weather may snap back to normal starting next Sunday. Here's a glimpse of the weather forecast for the upcoming days:

Image via The Weather Channel

[Cover image via Pexels]


This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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