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February 18, 2012

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It's going to get a bit warmer ... and wetter

COLD, sunny days are set to give way to warm, wet weather next week, forecasters said yesterday.

Due to the current cold snap, temperatures this morning could be minus 1 degree Celsius - lower in outlying areas - while sunny conditions should prevail, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

"Temperatures are likely to be low in the morning and at night this weekend - around freezing, said Zhang Ruiyi, a chief service officer at the observatory.

The mercury could fall to 3 to 5 degrees below zero in the suburbs, said Zhang.

But the cold, fine weather is set to end on Monday and be replaced by overcast skies and drizzle.

Grey days are set to bring higher temperatures, said the bureau, with readings expected to climb to 15 degrees Celsius on Wednesday under the influence of a warm and wet current from the southwest.

The low next week should be above 7 degrees Celsius.

But the warm spell is unlikely to be strong enough to mark the beginning of meteorological spring in Shanghai. Cold snaps should return later this month, said forecasters.

Officials announce the beginning of spring once the average temperature reaches 10 degrees for five consecutive days.

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

Shanghai's spring usually starts around March 25, according to forecasters.


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