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Rug up for cold weather

SNOW is expected on early Wednesday as another cold front from the north will hit Shanghai this week.

The gloomy weather will continue for at least half the week from today. Temperatures will also have a sharp drop, weathermen said yesterday.

Under the combined effect of the cold front and a warm-and-wet air current from the southwest, drizzle will prevail from today to Tuesday.

It is expected to be followed by rain and snow on early Wednesday, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau forecast.

Skies are expected to gradually clear on Thursday as the strength of the cold front peaks, said the bureau.

Extreme low temperatures will be experienced on early Thursday or Friday. The mercury will drop to around freezing point in the downtown area and minus 3 degrees Celsius in the suburbs.

Ice will cover the ground, forecasters said.

For today and tomorrow, the maximum temperature will drop to 10 degrees from yesterday's 13.3 degrees.

The lows will range between 7 to 8 degrees. From Tuesday to Thursday, the highs will drop to 5 to 7 degrees, forecasters said.

A gale will also hit the city on Tuesday and Wednesday, with wind speeds up to 61 kilometers per hour, the bureau said. Forecasters reminded people to monitor the developments closely and prepare for the cold wave.

According to records, the December average temperature in Shanghai is 6.5 degrees Celsius.

The lowest of minus 5 degrees occurred in 1972.


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