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Cold front puts an end to the warm spell

SHANGHAI'S temperatures are expected to drop again this week after a short warm spell over the weekend, according to the weather bureau.

Yesterday's dense fog and rain brought a fall in temperature and caused problems for river traffic.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a blue cold wave alert at 6am yesterday, the lowest of the four-level system, alerting the public to a temperature drop of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius in the following 24 hours.

The bureau said the cold snap was the result of a cold front from the north.

Chen Min, a chief service officer with the bureau, said temperatures should be around 5 to 11 degrees this week with the next warm spell due on Friday.

"The temperatures this time would not climb as sharply as last Friday but more in a steady way," she said.

The weather will be mainly sunny to cloudy over the next four to six days, Chen said.

The weather should be shower to overcast today with temperatures ranging from 7 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow will see a low of 5 degrees and a high of 11.

Fog affected ferry services to Chongming Island yesterday and at least 40 international ships to cancel their plans to anchor at the city's Wusong port, according to the port authorities.

Chen said the bureau had issued a yellow fog alert, the lowest of the three-level system, at 10:10pm on Saturday as visibility in most of the city was less than 500 meters and even down to 200 meters in some suburbs.


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