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Goodbye to the rain ... and hello to the cold

RAINY spells are set to clear over the next couple of days, but it's going to get colder too, the city weather authority said yesterday.

The weather should be mostly cloudy in the coming days, and while the high should stay around 17 degrees Celsius, the low may drop to 12 degrees, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau yesterday.

Spells of drizzle are forecast for today and tomorrow, but these should be gone by Friday, the bureau said.

Today should be overcast with a low of 15 degrees Celsius and a high of 17. Tomorrow, the low and high are set to drop 1 degree.

The weather this weekend should be mostly cloudy with readings ranging from a low of 12 degrees to a high of 18.

Yesterday was lidong, the beginning of winter, according to the Chinese lunar calendar and a portent of the cold weather to come.

But officials said the solar term is more applicable to the Yellow River region than the Yangtze River and that winter is not expected in Shanghai this early.

"Shanghai's winter usually starts at the end of November - around the 28th according to our statistics," said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer of the bureau. "Sometimes, it's as late as December."

Following Chinese tradition, Chinese tend to eat more calorie-rich meat and take tonics in winter, especially after lidong.

There's an old Chinese saying that if a person takes tonics in winter, they will stay strong until spring.


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