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Feeling cold? But it's such a warm winter

IT may not feel like it, but the weather bureau says Shanghai is having another "warm winter" with temperatures more than 1 degree Celsius above average - and it's not over yet.

The average temperature in the past three months was 6.8 degrees, compared with 5.5 degrees in the 30-year average from 1971 to 2000, the bureau told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

It is the second warm winter since 2008 and the 21st since 1986, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Just calling it a warm winter, however, "doesn't mean it is always warm," said Man Liping, chief service officer of the bureau.

The city had 13 days with a low temperature at or below zero Celsius, and the number of cold fronts was greater than in past years.

However, there were also days last month with highs above 20 degrees, lifting the average seasonal figure.

Meanwhile, there was 30 percent more rainfall in the past three months than average.

"The frequent cold fronts and rainfall made the weather feel gloomy and cold," Man said.

Spring still seems far away with another cold front expected over the weekend and rain in the forecast, according to the bureau.


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