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Has spring finally sprung in the city?

SPRING could be officially declared this week in Shanghai, as temperatures are stable and set to climb, forecasters said yesterday.

Hopes that spring had arrived earlier this month were dashed by the return of cold weather.

The mercury is expected to hit 20 degrees Celsius tomorrow, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Shanghai's weather is forecast to be good this week - mostly sunny with some cloud - due to high pressure, said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer at the bureau.

Today should be sunny with some cloud and temperatures reaching 18 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow is expected to be cloudier, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees.

Overcast weather is forecast for the second half of the week, with showers on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures are also set to fall overnight on Thursday, according to the bureau's five-day forecast.

Meteorological spring is announced by the bureau when the average temperature reaches 10 degrees for five consecutive days after li chun - the beginning of spring in the traditional Chinese calendar.

Li chun usually falls around February 4.

The first day of the sequence is considered the first day of spring.

Shanghai's average temperature has been above 10 degrees since Saturday, and with readings expected to climb this week, the bureau is almost certain to declare springtime on Wednesday - with last Saturday the first day of spring.

On average, springtime in Shanghai begins on March 25.

Meanwhile, the air quality in some parts of the city has shown slight pollution in recent days, according to the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

The stricter PM2.5 index, which is still on trial, reached 91 micrograms per cubic meter yesterday in Zhangjiang area in the Pudong New Area, indicating slight air pollution.

And the air quality index (API) in Putuo District reached 105 yesterday, also indicating slight pollution.

Air quality in other parts of the city was good and should remain stable over the next few days, according to the center.


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