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Autumn returns as forecast warms up

AUTUMN will seem to make a comeback this week as Shanghai warms up with temperatures over 10 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said yesterday.

The high could even reach 18 degrees.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said the warmth was caused by high pressure above the city and the departure of the cold front.

"The cold front is weakening and moving east," explained Han Chang, chief service officer of the bureau.

Han said the current took away a lot of clouds and "the city was more exposed under the sunshine."

The warmth might stay for a while. There's no sign of a strong cold front in coming days.

"The rest of November's average temperature will be over 10 degrees Celsius," Han said.

Though this winter was the earliest in 28 years, the experts said it would not necessarily be colder than past years.

Shen Yu, a senior engineer of the meteorological bureau, said the average temperature this winter should be a half-degree higher than the 30-year average.

"But the probability of extreme cold over a short period is still high," Shen added.

The weather today should be cloudy, with the temperature ranging from a low of 7 degrees Celsius low to a high of 15 degrees.

Tomorrow should be drizzly to cloudy, with temperatures from 10 to 16.

Meanwhile, the city seems to have plenty of gas despite serious shortages in other provinces.

A ship with 130,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas from Malaysia arrived at the Yangshan Deepwater Port on Saturday, boosting the city's capability of handling gas consumption this winter.


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