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Mercury to drop by 6 degrees

SHANGHAI'S temperatures are expected to drop by 6 degrees Celsius today under the influence of a moderate cold front from the north, weather officials said.

Shanghai was covered by a warm air mass yesterday, with the high reaching 26.4 degrees Celsius, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said. However, with the cold snap, the low early this morning could reach 17 degrees Celsius and the high should not exceed 21.

The temperature could even go lower during the mornings of tomorrow and Friday, when the low should be around 16 degrees in urban areas and as low as 13 degrees in the suburbs, said Fu Yi, a chief service officer of the bureau.

The weather in the next few days should be good, mostly sunny and partly cloudy.

The city's mercury should gradually climb this weekend.

Shanghai also has been experiencing its driest period of the year - in the past 24 days less than 1 millimeter of precipitation had been recorded as of yesterday, officials said. The forecast called for some drizzle overnight but not much precipitation was expected.

"The end of September and the beginning of October are usually the dry period of the year," Fu said. "The high pressure in this moment is usually strong and the weather situation is stable."

According to the bureau's statistics, from September 27 to October 21, 2008, Shanghai received only 10.2 millimeters of rain. A similar situation also happened during September 17 to October 16 in 2002, when the city only had 2.4 millimeters of rain. "The warm and wet air currents usually weaken in this period of the year and it is just typical autumn," Fu said.

Despite the dryness, no effect on the city's crops had been reported by yesterday.

Experts appealed to local greenery departments to keep watering the green areas along the streets to prevent them from withering.


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