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Rain, sleet make for sloppy week ahead

RAIN and sleet are expected to hold sway this week while the low should stay just above zero, forecasters said.

Today is likely to be overcast, with sleet, and a low of 1 degree Celsius and a high of 5 degrees. The city should get warmer tomorrow with drizzles and moderate rain and the mercury should range from a low of 2 degrees Celsius to a high of 6, said the Shanghai Observatory.

The week's highs should reach 5 or 6 degrees and skies remain overcast.

"Despite warmer temperatures, the city should feel colder than expected due to the humidity," said Man Liping, an officer of the observatory.

Shanghai entered what is considered the coldest period of the year on Saturday, which was xiaohan, or "lesser cold," on the Chinese lunar calendar, indicating the beginning of the coldest days. This winter is colder than usual as the average temperature has been the lowest of the past 30 years, according to the observatory. Nearly 3 centimeters of snow fell within recent days in the city's suburbs in Fengxian, Songjiang, Jinshan and Qingpu districts.

The city's power consumption hit its highest winter record over the weekend. The power load climbed over 22.7 megawatts at 10:30am Saturday. The previous record was Friday's 22.69 megawatts, said the Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd.


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