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Dry air set to make way for cool, wet conditions

STRONGER wet air flow and drizzle this week may bring some relief from the autumn dryness that the city has been suffering due to the shortage of rain for days now, forecasters said yesterday.

In autumn, people feel thirsty and their skin begins to crack under the influence of qiuzao (meaning autumn dry in traditional Chinese medicine) when the temperature cools off and the air becomes drier.

The city recorded a mere 0.2 millimeters of rain between September 23 and Friday.

During the same period over the last 10 years, only twice has the rainfall been below 5 millimeters, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

"Qiuzao is normal in autumn as the season features weak-warm and wet air flow," said Fu Yi, a chief meteorologist with the bureau.

A cold front will hit the city on Wednesday and bring the mercury down by 4 degrees Celsius, and drizzle is forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday.

Today and tomorrow should be cloudy to slight drizzle with stable temperatures ranging between 19 and 25 degrees, similar as those of last week.

The high temperature will drop to 21 degrees on Wednesday from 25 degrees and the low should be 17 degrees.


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