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Rain back tomorrow; pollution stays light

RAIN is expected to taper off today in Shanghai but start up again tomorrow while the temperature should remain mild until early next week, forecasters said.

The sky should be cloudy today, with a low of 9 degrees Celsius and a high of 13 degrees. Tomorrow is forecast to range from drizzle to moderate rain with a low of 9 degrees Celsius and a high of 12.

It should grow more windy over the weekend and the next cold front should start to influence Shanghai starting Monday, said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the observatory.

On Tuesday, Kong said, "Residents can add some clothes as the temperature should drop by then."

Shanghai experienced the fourth consecutive day with light pollution yesterday. The primary pollutant was not the fine-particle PM2.5 but the larger PM10. Sandstorms from the north bumped up PM10 starting late Wednesday night.

At 5pm, the density of PM10 in the city was 170 micrograms per cubic meter. The reading for the latest 24 hours was 191.5 micrograms per cubic meter. The nation's standard for PM10 in the latest 24 hours is 100 micrograms per cubic meter.

"The impact of this round of sandstorms will last for one more day, but its influence has started to decrease," said forecaster Lin Chenyuan.


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