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It's going to be freezing!

WHILE the mercury is set to creep up during the first half of the week, it may drop to below freezing in the second half, weather forecasters said yesterday.

After a chilly morning yesterday - when the minimum temperature dipped to minus 0.5 degrees Celsius - today should be warmer and sunny.

Temperatures will range between 3 and 11 degrees, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Rain is expected tomorrow and Wednesday and the milder weather will continue, with high temperatures of 10 to 11 degrees and lows of 6 degrees.

Chilly weather is set to return on Thursday, with the arrival of a cold front over Shanghai. The high is expected to drop to around 5 to 7 degrees, while the low could dip below freezing, forecasters said.

Cold yet fine weather is forecast for the winter solstice on Thursday, when it is predicted some 2 million people will visit family graves in cemeteries in suburban areas and surrounding provinces.

According to Chinese tradition, this date is most auspicious for burying the ashes of family members.

Many people visit family tombs around this time to pay their respects.

Local police will use helicopters to patrol the skies around major cemeteries to support traffic officers. Helicopter crews will also liaise with local medical centers to deal with any emergencies.

Fire is a particular hazard during this time as many people visiting cemeteries burn paper offerings for deceased family members, said police.

Traffic police said more than 310,000 people visited cemeteries yesterday, which did not cause much congestion.

As the solstice falls on a workday, Thursday's cemetery visits are likely to make morning rush-hour traffic condition worse, said officers.


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