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Cloudy weather heading to Shanghai

THE city's warm weather yesterday should not last for much longer, as a weak cold front is on its way to the city, bringing the readings down by several degrees, weatherman said.

Wetter days are expected next week due to the cold front, but the temperatures should be stable with a low of 8 degrees Celsius and a high of 14, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

According to the five-day weather forecast from the bureau, the city should be mostly rainy in the first four days next week, starting tomorrow, but the precipitation should not be heavy.

"The rain and wet air may make it feel colder than forecast," Man Liping, a chief service officer of the bureau, said yesterday.

Today should be overcast to cloudy with the low at 8 degrees and the high at 13. Tomorrow will be rainy and the readings should range from 9 to 13 degrees.

Local residents was surprised yesterday as the temperature went up quickly in the sunny weather, and almost hit 20 degrees in the Pudong New Area as well as Songjiang and Minhang districts.

While the temperatures have been up and down in recent days, the air quality did not greatly improve. -November and December are traditionally the worst months of the year for air quality due to the drop in temperature and frequent sandstorms in the north.

Shanghai has put in place plans to cut the generation of chemical oxygen demands, the major water pollutant, and sulfur dioxide, the major air pollutant, by 1 percent from last year's level.

The discharge of COD in the first half of this year dropped by 1.05 percent compared to the same period last year and sulfur dioxide dropped by 2.79 percent.

Work to further cut air and water pollution before the end of the year is ongoing. The plan to control the generation of COD and sulfur dioxide in the next five-year plan, starting next year, is also under discussion, the bureau said.


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