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Migrants take off in pleasant climate

THE local weather bureau is predicting sunshine for the next few days as the first batch of migrants left the city for the Spring Festival yesterday.

It was a sunny day yesterday as crowds of people headed to the railway and bus stations to join their families for the coming Chinese New Year. But it was still a cold start to the day with benchmark Xujiahui weather station recording 2.3 degrees Celsius in the morning.

The readings ranged from minus 2 to zero in the suburban areas. Qingpu District was the coldest among all the districts with a low of minus 2.3 degrees. But it is expected to be sunny till Tuesday despite the chill.

Cool air from the north is expected to push the mercury down by 2 degrees tomorrow.

The mercury today will hover between 4 and 11 degrees. A low of 2 and a high of 8 are expected  tomorrow, edging up slightly to 10 on Sunday.

It will be cloudy on Monday with temperatures ranging between 3 and 10 degrees.

The bureau said Tuesday will be  colder again with a low of 1 and a high of 7 degrees.

To ensure passengers are well-informed of the weather during the peak travel season, the bureau has a pop-up window on its official website. It links to the National Meteorological Center website, which offers nationwide weather condition.

Special web service

The Shanghai weather bureau said it will also launch a special web service of its own during the festival rush.  

It will include an eight-day weather forecast, a more exact three-hour readings, and predictions for the main cities in  China and on expressways in eastern China.

The bureau’s chief service officers will make themselves available at the long-distance bus station to answer passengers query on weather.

Compared with Shanghai’s relatively pleasant weather,  central and eastern China struggled with smog at the start of the 40-day Spring Festival rush.

The smog in some regions had touched severe level.

Some areas in Tianjin City, southern Hebei Province and central Jiangxi Province were all shrouded by heavy smog with visibility reduced to less than 500 meters.



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