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'Doomsday' fog snarls traffic

ANOTHER round of dense fog -- this one exhibiting a peculiar dark quality that reminded some residents of the disaster film "2012" -- disrupted air, road and water traffic in Shanghai yesterday.

At least nine flights were canceled and 104 delayed at the city's two airports, 150 coaches were canceled or delayed at long-distance transportation stations, and ferries to the islands in Chongming County were suspended yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

Yesterday's fog had a darker appearance than previous ones and rolled in quickly in the afternoon. Vehicles in some areas of the city had to turn on their headlights at 2pm, according to TV news reports, as visibility fell to 700 meters.

The phenomenon worried many residents, who were reminded of scenes from "2012," which was about a global catastrophe.

"The weather was just fine in the morning, and I don't know what happened," said a resident surnamed Xu. "I mean it is not 2012 yet."

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau took the situation in stride.

"It was a normal phenomenon before a cold front," said the bureau's Li Jinyu.

Li said the fog was formed around dust and airborne particles from the north.

The weather system also caused "medium-level pollution," according to Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

Li said conditions should be better today and tomorrow as the temperature drops.

The weather should be overcast to drizzly today with a high of 13 degrees Celsius and a low of 10.

The forecast for tomorrow is drizzle or cloudy skies, a high of 12 and low of 7.

The weather next week will be mainly cloudy with stable temperatures, the bureau said.


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