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Chill hits Shanghai thrice over

THIS week's rise of mercury was short lived, as the first of an expected three cold fronts hit Shanghai yesterday afternoon.

Daytime temperatures dropped 4 degrees Celsius to 11 degrees, and were expected to plunge to an overnight low of 3 degrees in today's early hours, local weathermen said yesterday.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau urged residents to take precautions to prevent cold and flu during the chilly days.

It will be cloudy in the daytime today with a high of 6 degrees.

Drizzle is expected at night until tomorrow morning, when a second cold front arrives.

Tomorrow will be windy, with the temperature between 2 and 5 degrees.

On Monday morning, temperatures will continue to drop to around freezing in downtown areas and 2 below zero in the outskirts.

A third cold front is forecast for Wednesday, the weather bureau said.

Yesterday's cold front brought not only wind and chilliness, but fog as well. The fog was attributed to humidity and granules carried by the cold front.

Transportation was inevitably affected.

More than 100 foreign and domestic flights were delayed at the city's two airports and nearly 30 were canceled.

Local maritime authorities closed the ferry services to the city's Changxing Island and Hengsha Island from 10:37am to 1:30pm. The ferry to Chongming Island was not affected.

Up to 30 vessels canceled or postponed their berth into Waigaoqiao Port because of the foggy weather on the sea, city entry-exit officials said.


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