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Chilly wind, rain final twist of wild weather

SHANGHAI'S temperature roller coaster should take one last plunge today, as today's forecast high of 10 degrees Celsius is half of yesterday's 20-degree high.

Rain and high winds today are expected to take the place of yesterday's mild conditions.

Thanks to a cold front, today is forecast to be overcast with showers and a low of 6 degrees, with strong winds likely to make it feel colder. Winds may gust to 61 kilometers per hour downtown, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

"The weather can be changeable in March," said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau. "The change should feel stronger as the temperature just rose yesterday."

Tomorrow the rain is expected to stop but the sky should remain cloudy, with a high of 11 degrees Celsius and a low of 4 degrees, according to the bureau.

Early Friday morning should have a low of 5 degrees. Friday's high will rise to 14 degrees and begin a warming trend into the weekend.

Though more stable temperatures will arrive soon, the three-day weather roller coaster has made it difficult for people to know how to dress, and also has contributed to making some older people and children sick, doctors said.

"It's like a naughty kid, sometimes laughs and sometimes cries," a local resident said in an STV news report yesterday.

"I'm struggling every day about what the weather will be tomorrow and what to wear," another resident said.

Weathermen reminded locals to watch forecasts closely.

Ruijin Hospital treated more patients than usual with such conditions as heart disease and hypertension in the past few days. "

Such patients, especially the old, are vulnerable to the temperature ups and downs," a doctor at the hospital said.

The Shanghai Children's Medical Center has seen an average of 3,700 patients these days, 20 percent more than usual.


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