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Take deep breath as air quality improves

THE city's air quality was good yesterday after four straight days of pollution due to a sandstorm from the north, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said.

Air quality is expected to be good both today and tomorrow, the center added.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday that the cold front, which had brought dust and sand to the city from the north, should move to the east and fade gradually in the next three days. The bureau added that winds from the southeast will bring clean air from the sea.

Meanwhile, rainy weather is expected to start tomorrow and continue for five days, further clearing the air, the bureau said.

Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies with a low of 18 degrees Celsius and a high of 28 degrees, meteorologists said.

The temperature will range from 18 to 30 degrees tomorrow.

The city has a five-tier system to measure air pollution. Level five is the worst, or seriously polluted.

Serious pollution was recorded on both Monday and Tuesday. It was moderately polluted, level 3, on Wednesday.

In response, the city's environmental and meteorological watchdogs promised to enhance supervision and issue timely warnings.

Shanghai had 29 polluted days last year, including two seriously polluted days.


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