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New Year to bring sunny, warmer days

The Year of the Snake is forecast to end with overcast skies and drizzles and the Year of the Horse will start in sunshine and warmer temperatures. But a strong cold front is expected to hit the city on Monday.

The mercury will hover between 7 and 13 degrees Celsius today. Increased clouds will bring drizzles to the city.

It will be cloudy tomorrow with a low of 9 degrees and a high of 18 degrees. It will also be 18 on sunny Friday, the Chinese New Year’s Day, with the low tipped to be around 10.

The weekend is likely to be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-teens.

Mercury on Saturday will climb up to a high of 21 degrees but drop on Sunday to 19. The weekend’s low will remain at 12 degrees.

A colder air mass from the north will flow into the city  from next Monday and push the high down sharply by 8 degrees to 11 and the low down to 8. It will be raining again till Thursday next week with the possibility of snow.

The highs and lows from next Tuesday to Thursday will fall to single digits in humid condition. Mercury on Tuesday will range from 5 to 8 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday will be even colder with temperatures between 2 and 5 degrees.

According to Man Liping, a forecaster at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, a low of zero or below is not a must for a mix of rain and snow.

“If temperatures at middle and low altitude are low enough to freeze the droplets and prevent part of the ice particles from melting, a mix of rain and snow is possible,” Man said.

The bureau also announced that the first half of January was warmer than that of the past years with a 7.8-degree average temperature, which was higher than the usual 5.3 degrees. 



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