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Layer up as mercury set to touch freezing point

THE city's temperature will touch zero degrees Celsius early tomorrow -- but bounce back up over the weekend after the cold front fades away, weather forecasters said today.

Tomorrow morning the mercury will drop to zero with frost in Shanghai's outskirts as the strongest cold front to hit the city so far this autumn shows its strength, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Downtown areas will experience temperatures around four degrees tomorrow morning, while a low of zero can be expected in some suburban areas -- but sunny weather will bring the temperature back up to around 10 degrees in most parts of the city at noon, according to Man Liping, a chief service officer at the bureau.

"Residents will feel extremely cold tomorrow morning, but feel warmer in the afternoon compared to today because the wind will be weakened," Man said.

The mercury will bottom out and rise again as the cold front is set to leave the city, she said.

It will be overcast on Sunday with highs of around 14 degrees and lows of nine degrees. Temperatures will keep climbing to a peak of 18 degrees on Tuesday with rainfall expected in some parts of the city, Man said.

The cold front that hit the city last night, along with its icy winds, has caused some emergency actions across the city.

Chongming Island issued a wind alert yesterday afternoon while the bureau reminded residents not to hang clothes outside.

The bureau advised local residents to keep warm even when the temperatures rise again as it was easy to catch a cold and respiratory tract infections when temperatures change greatly over a short period.

Air quality will remain good in the coming days, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said. The index for inhalable particulates was 49 yesterday, and will drop to as low as 35 tomorrow according to the center.

The center defines air quality as good when the index is below 100.


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