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Showers rain on hopes of spring

GET your umbrella handy from tomorrow as rain is expected for a couple of days.

The rain will worsen on Sunday and Monday, giving way to occasional drizzle from Tuesday. But today will be sunny and warm, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Temperatures will also fall as a cold front sweeps the city, and Shanghai will have to wait a while longer for spring, forecasters said.

"The high temperature will drop to 15 degrees Celsius on Saturday from Friday's 24 degrees," said Man Liping, a forecaster with the bureau. "The low will also drop to 10 degrees from Friday's 15 degrees. From Sunday, the maximum temperature will range between 10 and 12 degrees, and the minimum will drop below 10."

Yesterday, the maximum temperature reached 24.6 degrees, which made it the warmest February 12th for the past nine years. Today's temperature is also expected to be a record.

Due to the recent high temperatures, the city was expected to step into spring this week, one and a half months earlier than usual, but the coming cold front has shattered that dream.

Spring is considered to have arrived when daily average temperatures rise above 10 degrees for five straight days, forecasters said.


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