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Low clouds change hundreds of flights at Pudong

BECAUSE of low clouds at the Pudong International Airport, more than 200 flights were delayed and shifted between late Wednesday and early yesterday, airport authorities said.

Among those affected were 13 international flights, such as those from Japan to Shanghai, that were directed to land at nearby the Hongqiao International Airport.

More than 1,700 passengers whose landing place changed arrived at the Hongqiao airport by 3am yesterday, said immigration police.

The tie-up also led to delays and stranded passengers yesterday at Pudong, said the airport operator.

It was the second time local air traffic was hit by bad weather in a month. In late February, nearly a thousand flights were canceled or delayed at Pudong.

The weather this time was caused by strong humidity from rain and warm air, which should be restrained with an approaching cold front, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Shanghai once again will see rain after basking in sunshine for most of the week, forecasters said, reminding city residents to dress warmly as the temperature drops today.

Downtown Shanghai's temperature will fall to 10 to 18 degrees Celsius, down from highs of more than 25 degrees Celsius early this week, according to forecasters.


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