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Colder weather coming to Shanghai

TEMPERATURES are expected to drop further in Shanghai after the New Year's Day holiday with a cold front that has already influenced most areas of the country, forecasters said yesterday.

The mercury is forecast to plunge to minus 1 degree Celsius this morning and should not rise higher than 4 degrees during the day, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. The readings will touch a low of minus 1 degree again tomorrow morning, the bureau said. The mercury in suburban areas could be even lower.

Today is the first working day after the holiday, and the city is likely to experience a mix of sun and clouds with no rain. The sky should turn overcast tomorrow and drizzly on Friday and over the weekend.

The cold front caused some haze in the city yesterday, and the air quality danced around the critical point of air pollution, said the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

"The haze was caused by the front of the cold currents, which blew dust from the ground to the air," said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

But the hazy weather probably won't last long, Zhang added.

"The city should have more wind in the next few days and the haze will be cleared by then," Zhang said.

Big plunge for most of nation

Meanwhile, most provinces in China are expected to see a serious plunge in temperatures this week due to the national cold snap, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Readings dropped by 4 to 8 degrees in east Qinghai, south Ningxia and north Shaanxi from Sunday to Monday. The mercury plunged 10 degrees in parts of Inner Mongolia in 24 hours, the weather authority said.

Among major cities, Urumqi suffered the biggest temperature drop - 8 degrees in 24 hours.

The cold front will expand today and tomorrow to more southern areas.

Snowy conditions were reported in Liaoning, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet and northwest Sichuan while Yunnan, northeast Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Hunan had serious rainfall, the administration said yesterday.

The central observatory forecast that snow will occur this morning in mountainous areas of Xinjiang, south Gansu, east Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Guizhou and Tibet.


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