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Shanghai officially in winter after cold snap

SHANGHAI'S mercury fell to as low as 2.8 degrees Celsius this morning, affirming that the winter has truly arrived.

According to the Shanghai Observatory, the minimum temperature in downtown Xujiahui reached 2.8 degrees this morning, the lowest so far this year, while readings in suburban districts were all below zero.

Today's high was 10 degrees Celsius.

The sunny and cloudy weather should last for five days with the minimum temperature in downtown falling below zero on Sunday, the observatory said.

The temperature should be stable tomorrow and Saturday with a low of 3-4 degrees and a high of 10-12 degrees.

According to the city's new meteorological standards, winter will be announced if the average temperature stayed at or below 10 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days. The first day of the five will be regarded as the start of winter.

Shanghai's average temperature had stayed below 10 degrees since Sunday, thus December 2 was the first day of the winter season.

Meanwhile, Shanghai opened more than 20 shelters to provide free accommodation and food to the homeless, officials said.

Locals can dial 962200 or call the police if they find a homeless person who seems to need help.


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