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Gales disrupt ferry services

SHANGHAI'S ferry services and the passage of vessels were affected yesterday by high winds around the mouth of the Yangtze River.

Gales are expected to continue to affect the city especially around coastal areas, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau yesterday. Wind speeds could reach as high as 88 kilometers per hour on the East China Sea.

Fast ferries to the city's Chongming and Changxing islands were canceled yesterday, while larger ferries operated as normal, maritime officials said.

The speed of the wind reached 49km/h at the mouth of the Yangtze, which could pose a danger to fast ferries, most of which have a capacity of around 100 passengers per boat.

Officials said the number of passengers affected by the disrupted services was negligible - this is because ferries have seen less business since the Changjiang Tunnel-Bridge passage opened to link the islands with downtown city?areas.

Meanwhile, more than 60 international vessels were delayed from entering or leaving Shanghai ports yesterday.

The lowest temperature since the beginning of autumn is forecast today at 9 degrees Celsius in urban areas and 6 degrees in the suburbs.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said temperatures should keep dropping despite the departure of the latest cold front. But temperatures could climb again during daylight hours with the city seeing some fine weather over the next few days, although it is likely to be mainly cloudy.

"Temperatures during the mornings of today and tomorrow should be low," said Li Jinyu, a chief service officer at the bureau. "There will be some ups and downs."

Today is forecast to be overcast and cloudy with temperatures ranging from 9 degrees low to 15 high.

Tomorrow should be cloudy with temperatures between a low of 11 degrees and a high of 18.


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