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Air quality still poor as fog lingers

SHANGHAI'S air was lightly polluted this morning though it had improved from yesterday's level. The city's air quality monitor said the Air Quality Index (AQI) was 119 early this morning.

The city was veiled in haze over the weekend and air quality suffered, according to the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

Shanghai introduced the real-time AQI reporting system last week, based on stricter standards. AQI updates are available online.

The center advised people, especially children, seniors and those with heart and respiratory problems to reduce outdoor activities.

Today will be partly sunny and cloudy with a high of 16 degrees Celsius. Some districts like Fengxian and Songjiang in the suburbs were foggy this morning, causing traffic problem to commuters.

On Saturday, the AQI was 195, in the "moderate" range in which healthy people are advised to reduce outdoor activities. By 6pm yesterday, the AQI had improved to 128, "light'' pollution that means children, the elderly and heart and respiratory patients are advised to reduce outdoor activities.

Drizzles are expected to start late tomorrow and last much of the week.

Temperatures also should rise this week, with lows likely staying above 10 degrees and highs up to around 16 degrees, the observatory said.


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