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Heavy fog grounds over 100 flights

DENSE fog covered Shanghai early yesterday, grounding over 100 flights and leaving nearly 10,000 passengers stranded at airports - the affect in the downtown area was limited.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said foggy weather was experienced in most of the city area, with some suburban districts like Fengxian, south of Pudong and Qingpu suffering the most.

The fog lifted about 7am yesterday in the city as the temperature rose, said the weather bureau. Normal flight services resumed about 9am.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport saw severe delays yesterday with around 100 flights delayed or canceled.

Many flights were severely delayed before being able to leave, while others were diverted to nearby airports to land.

Visibility around the airport was down to less than 10 meters, according to police based at airport.

Due to the poor visibility, some airplanes had to land far away from the terminals and passengers were then taken to the arrival area via shuttle buses, said airport authorities.

Even then, the shuttle buses had to travel slowly - taking 10 minutes to travel less than 1 kilometer.

The fog brought transport chaos to the city over the weekend with flights delayed, expressways closed and ferry services halted.

The weather bureau issued an orange heavy fog alert, the second highest in the three-scale system, on?Saturday.

The situation improved towards the end of the weekend, with highways and ferry services °?operating as normal.

The city also saw showers late yesterday due to the effect of warm and cold airs meeting.

Today is not predicted to be foggy, but a cold front arrived from the north late yesterday night.

The city weather bureau warned locals to wrap up well °?- the temperature will continue to drop several degrees next week as another cold front is expected to hit the city on Wednesday or Thursday.

The temperature today will range from a low of 10 degrees Celsius to a high of 16. But high winds and rain could make it feel colder.

The lowest temperature is predicted to be around 8 degrees this week.


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