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It’ll be cold before it gets warm

Weak cold air will arrive in the city this week, with the temperature dropping from a high of 17 degrees Celsius today to 11 degrees tomorrow, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

Although the high will increase gradually to 15 degrees on Friday, it is expected to return to 11 degrees over the weekend.

Tomorrow will be the only sunny day of the week but will also have the lowest weekly temperature at 4 degrees.

The air quality is forecast to be excellent over the following three days, the Shanghai Bureau of Ecology and Environment said yesterday.

The third solar term Jingzhe, or insects awaken, will start on Friday. It indicates that the weather will be warmer and animals and insects will awake from hibernation.

It is still unclear when Spring will officially arrive. The official start of Spring requires average temperatures of more than 10 degrees over five consecutive days.

Meanwhile, with flowers in full bloom amid gentle breezes, local parks will host diversified activities in March to celebrate the beautiful spring landscape, greenery authorities said yesterday.

A haipai or Shanghai-style cheongsam show will be staged at Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District on March 13, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

It will take place at the park’s cherry blossom avenue.

On Wednesday, the 2021 Shanghai International Natural Science Illustration Exhibition will kick off at the park. It will feature 60 orchid paintings by Belgian painter Elisa Klopfenstein and about 50 painting works with the theme of plants and animals by artists from China, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Photography and plant science popularization activities as well as a cherry blossom bazaar will be hosted at the park on March 27-28.

Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park in Yangpu District will host gardening and tree adoption activities to mark the Arbor Day on March 12.

At Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District, a peony garden will open on Friday. A lecture about fragrant herbs will be held on Saturday. Visitors are also invited to capture the magic of nature through drawing on March 14.

A flower arrangement art exhibition with fruits and vegetables will held on March 5-15 at Pudong’s Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park.

At Shanghai Zoo in Changning District, exhibitions related to the Chinese zodiac in celebration of the Year of the Ox are under way.


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