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City's long winter to get even longer

SHANGHAI is experiencing its longest winter this century, the city's weather authorities said yesterday.

The city had 106 days of winter by yesterday, which matched that of 2003, and there would be at least another week before the city enters spring, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Under the influence of the recent cold front from the north, the minimum temperature dropped to eight degrees Celsius yesterday.

The bureau declares the start of spring once the average temperature climbs above 10 degrees for five consecutive days and considers the first of those five days as the first day of spring.

The longest winter recorded in the city's history was in 1976 with 138 days, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, fog again shrouded the city yesterday morning and at least 20 ships canceled plans to anchor or leave the Wusong and Waigaoqiao ports, Shanghai frontier authorities said yesterday.

But the fog was not so thick that it caused major traffic problems.

The city's weather should be mainly rainy over the next few days as both warm and cold air masses are active, said Chen Min, chief service officer of the bureau.

"But there should be some cloudy days during the rain and the temperatures these days should be stable," Chen said.

Today should be rainy to cloudy with temperatures from 7 to 13 degrees, the bureau said.


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