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Heavy fog rolls in on temperature's rise

HEAVY fog enveloped the city yesterday morning and evening, and may continue in coming days because of the warmth, weathermen said.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow fog alert, third highest of the four-level system, for about three hours early in the morning, and again at 8:45pm.

The alert goes to yellow when visibility is limited to 500 meters.

The morning fog was heaviest in Fengxian, Jinshan districts and Nanhui area, with visibility for only 100 meters.

Chen Min, chief service officer of the bureau, said the early fog was mainly caused by warmth Tuesday morning - when the mercury hit 19.4 degrees Celsius - and a drop in temperature on Tuesday night.

Chen said there is a high possibility for this winter to be a "warm winter," with the average temperature higher than the 30-year average. But the city could still get some sharply cold days.

The weather should be sunny today with the temperature ranging from a low of 11 degrees Celsius to 19 high.

The sky is predicted to turn cloudy tomorrow and the temperature will range from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius.

The bureau said drizzles would show up this weekend and the warmth should end.

Local weather this month has set some notable marks.

The 27.5 degrees recorded on November 8 was the second-highest November temperature of the last 30 years.

On November 13, the city entered the earliest winter in the last 28 years - and ended the shortest autumn in the city's 136-year meteorological record.

On November 18, the minimum temperature fell to 1.1 degrees, for the coldest November day in city history.

And last Thursday, the city saw its earliest snow in the past decade.


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