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Smog cloaks city amidst heavy pollution

Shanghai’s air remains heavily polluted this afternoon and the city’s air quality index soared to 263 by 3pm, environment monitors said.

The smoggy condition is blamed on pollutants brought by a cold front from North China. PM2.5 pollutants, airborne particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, are cited as the main source of air pollution.

Some kindergartens suspended kids' outdoor activities for safety concern.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow haze alert at 7:41am this morning, the lowest of a three-level warning system.

The cold front brought the temperature down to 1 degree Celsius in most parts of Shanghai. The mercury will drop further this weekend to zero point, the weather forecaster said, adding that the city’s air quality will improve tomorrow.


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