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PM2.5 pollution soars to over 8 times national limit

SHANGHAI’S air quality further worsened in the afternoon with the air quality index climbing to 478 by 5pm today, indicating the highest level of pollution on the scale.

But the density of tiny PM2.5 particles exceeded 600 micrograms per cubic meter in the afternoon, more than eight times the nation’s limit of 75. PM2.5 particles are considered particularly dangerous because they can go deep into the lungs.

Children, the elderly and those suffering heart problems or respiratory illnesses are advised to stay indoors while others were advised to cut down on outdoor activities.

The Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center forecast the smoggy weather would continue into the weekend.

A weak cold front will arrive today but only bring an increase in clouds and won’t do much for the smog, forecasters said.

Temperatures will reach the mid-teens during the weekend, hitting 17 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while lows will range between 8 and 9 degrees.

On Monday, highs will drop to 12 degrees Celsius with a low of 6 degrees.


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