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Luo, Y., R. Xia, and J. C. L. Chan, 2020: Characteristics, physical mechanisms, and prediction of pre-summer rainfall over South China: research progress during 2008-2019. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 98, 19-42. Abstract with highlights

Plain Language Summary: Pre-summer rainy season (April to mid-June) over South China is characterized by high intensity and frequent occurrence of heavy rainfall in the East Asian monsoon region. This review describes recent progress in the research related to such a phenomenon, including the temporal and spatial characteristics of the rainfall, new insights into the relevant multiscale processes governing initiation and development of rainstorms, and convection-permitting modeling studies aiming at improving the quantitative precipitation forecast skill.