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Rains to clean the skies

Easterly winds and rains are likely to clean the city’s air from today with the rain, mainly drizzle, lasting into next week.

Due to the northwesterly winds which blow in pollutants from northern China, smoggy conditions worsened with a rise on PM2.5 concentration.

At 5pm, the air quality index was 217 with the concentration of PM2.5 particles increasing to 167 micrograms per cubic meter, nearly seven times the guideline of 25 set by the World Health Organization. The pollution level was upgraded to “heavily polluted.”

Today will kick off with a cold morning and temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius in downtown areas and zero to 1 degree on the outskirts. The temperature will rise to 12 degrees during the day.

The winds will turn southeasterly to blow the pollution away. Skies will be cloudy with a chance of some sunshine. But drizzly weather will arrive in the evening and bring another rainy period which could last for at least nine days.

Tomorrow will be milder with a high of 13 and a low of 10.


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