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City told to brace itself for arrival of big chill

TEMPERATURES in the city will be chilly over the next three days - reaching freezing point in the suburbs overnight tomorrow, weather forecasters said yesterday.

The cold front responsible for the current cold snap is set to be the strongest so far this year, and yesterday the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a blue cold wave alert, the lowest of a four-level system.

The bureau warned that the mercury could drop by 8 to 10 degrees Celsius within 48 hours, with the wind reaching 50 kilometers per hour.

Forecasters warned locals, especially those who work indoors, not to be fooled by the mild temperatures yesterday morning.

Officials said the mercury reached a high of 14 degrees in the morning. By 2pm it plunged to 10.4 degrees, 8.4 degrees lower than the same time on Sunday.

The real chill should arrive today and tomorrow, heralded by 52 kilometer per hour gusts yesterday, according to the bureau.

Drizzle was expected last night.

The rain should stop this morning and the day should be overcast to cloudy with temperatures of between a 5 degree low and a high of 9 degrees.

Tomorrow, the overnight low will be down further to 2 degrees, even lower in the suburbs at zero early in the morning.

The bureau warned residents to make allowance for frost and ice.

The day will be mostly sunny or cloudy, with a high of 14 degrees Celsius.

Wu Rui, chief service officer at the bureau, said the city was in a period of transition between autumn and winter. immunity.

Meanwhile, strong winds forced all high-speed ferries at the mouth of the Yangtze River to remain in port yesterday, maritime officials said.


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