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Mercury set to fall as cold air approaches

A WEAK belt of cold air is likely to arrive over the city tomorrow, sending temperatures falling by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius, forecasters said.

Appropriately as temperatures fall, today is Shuangjiang — frost descent — the 18th Chinese solar term which traditionally heralds the appearance of colder weather and frost.

Today is set to be cloudy with a high of 22 degrees. Dry condition will continue into the weekend with sunny and cloudy weather.

The high will drop to below 20 degrees from Friday, with lows of 13 degrees.

While northeast China’s  heavy smog has seen PM2.5 indexes of fine pollutant particles there reach a record reading of 1,000, in Shanghai the PM2.5 index stood at 72 at 6pm yesterday, said Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

This is the second lowest of a six-tier scale, meaning air quality is acceptable, said officials.



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