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Crowds fight fog, holiday traffic

The last day of the Qingming Festival holiday met with heavy fog and a flood of cemetery visitors.

Around 2.3 million people went to suburban areas or neighboring provinces to visit the tombs of their deceased family members yesterday, the highest volume of the three-day holiday, but about a 10 percent drop from last year, according to the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

They went in 197,000 vehicles, about 8 percent fewer than last year, officials said.

The fog limited visibility to less than 500 meters all over the city, and to less than 150 meters in hardest-hit Qingpu District, Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau issued a yellow heavy fog alert, lowest of the three-level system, at 5:20am, and visibility was low during the tomb-sweeping rush yesterday morning, but the conditions didn't affect traffic on the city's expressways.

The fog faded as the temperature rose and the alert was lifted at 9:05am.

The fog postponed or canceled the schedules of 111 ships at the Yangshan Deep-Water Port yesterday morning, according to the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration.

Li Jinyu, one of the chief service officers of the meteorological bureau, said the fog was caused by high relative humidity, low winds and few clouds. "The warmth was also a reason," Li said.

Li said such heavy fog was expected again this morning but should not appear tomorrow, when the forecast is for rain and lower temperatures.

Today should be cloudy to slightly rainy with a low temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and a high of 17.


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