Rain, Rain: Beijing Pollution Washes Away

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Beijing (AP) Heavy rain that drenched Beijing yesterday continues today with sporadic showers.

The rain has replaced recent hot and muggy weather with cooler temperatures, though the humidity remains relatively high.

Yesterday's downpour washed out olympic events in tennis, archery and rowing but also cleared up much of the city's dirty air.

Today, the city's air pollution levels have dropped by more than half. They now fall within the world health organization's guidelines for healthy air. It's the first significant drop in the air pollution index since the beginning of August.

Beijing's notorious pollution has been a concern for Olympic organizers and U.S. Athletes from the start.