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Cold brings air pollution

ACTIVE cold fronts from the north caused air pollution in the city for four successive days, authorities said.

Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center reports showed that since Monday the Air Pollution Index in the city's 18 districts and Chongming county had all been above the 100 mark, an indication of slight air pollution.

The center said the slight haze was caused by pollution brought by the cold fronts from the north plus local emissions.

The northern cold fronts were active recently and have been impacting the city and there were some sandstorms reported in the northern part of China, the center said.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau experts said hazy weather should be absent during the New Year's Day holiday.

"There might be some fog in the morning but after that the air will be fine," said Han Chang, its chief service officer.

Han said the latest chill would not impact the city until next Tuesday. "There should not be a problem in the city's air quality," he said.

The weather in northern China had been dry for days which provided ideal conditions for dirt and dust to be carried by the wind, Han said.

"There is much tundra land and the dust is easily carried off by the wind," Han said.

The bureau has updated its forecast for today.

Minimum temperatures are expected to touch minus 1 degree Celsius downtown this morning and minus three degrees in suburban areas.


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