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Frost to herald arrival of 'little snow' season

FROST is expected in parts of Shanghai this morning as temperatures fall to as low as 9 degrees Celsius, forecasters said yesterday.

Colder weather is likely to continue through the week, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

It will be mostly sunny until Friday, with the high around 16 degrees and lows around 11 degrees, said Fu Yi, a bureau chief service officer. However, tomorrow should be overcast with a low of 10 degrees and a high of 17.

Temperatures will drop a degree on Wednesday when Xiaoxue - Light Snow - starts, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Yesterday, the temperature dropped by nearly 7 degrees from Saturday, with a high of 16 degrees and the low 9 degrees - the lowest since the city officially entered autumn in September.

A cold front from the north has brought down temperatures, Fu added.

The start of Xiaoxue should see the weather getting steadily colder, according to the traditional lunar calendar.

Xiaoxue, one of the 24 solar terms in the lunar calendar, indicates the start of snow falling. However, officials say it is more applicable to the Yellow River region and that snow is not expected in Shanghai this early.

Air quality should remain good in the coming days, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said. The index for inhalable particulates was 58 yesterday, 8 points higher than the best air quality level.

It is set to rise slightly to 60 today, said the center.


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