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Heat wave bows out as cold front brings rain

A HIGH of 25.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at the benchmark Xujiahui weather station yesterday, surpassing the 23.9 degrees seen on Monday and setting a new record for the year to date, forecasters said.

The warm, dry conditions and lack of wind were not good for air quality, however, and a light smog clouded large parts of the city for most of yesterday. As of 5pm, the PM2.5 reading was 155 micrograms per cubic meter, while an air quality index of 169 indicated moderate pollution.

The mini heat wave will come to an end today, however, with the arrival of a cold front. Today’s high will be 13 degrees and showers are likely.

The mercury will fluctuate between 6 and 14 degrees tomorrow and Friday, before rising to a high of 16 or 17 degrees at the weekend.

While the official high for yesterday was 25.2 degrees, in Songjiang District the mercury topped out at 26.9 degrees.

“This is the first time since 2000 that Songjiang has seen a high of more than 26 degrees in mid-March,” said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer at the meteorological bureau.


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