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Spring thundershowers cool the city

A COLD front from the north cooled the city yesterday and brought this year’s first spring thundershower. But it was one-off and clear skies are set to return today.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow lightning alert at 1:09pm yesterday. With a high of 14.2 and a low of 10.2 degrees Celsius, yesterday’s average temperature, exceeding 10 degrees, heralded the arrival of a meteorological spring.

Cloudy and partly sunny skies will return today due to high pressure. Sunny days will remain through the weekend. An increase in clouds is expected on Sunday that will likely bring showers back on Monday.

Temperature is likely to remain warm with a high of 19 degrees on Monday. Highs on Thursday and Friday will range between 13 and 14 degrees with lows between 5 and 8 degrees.

The high will climb up to 17 degrees at the weekend, with lows between 5 and 7 degrees.

The showers yesterday washed away particles in air but Shanghai still recorded a light pollution. At 8pm yesterday, the city’s AQI dropped to 131 with the concentration of PM2.5 particles falling around the nation’s limit of 75 micrograms per cubic meter.

Local environmental authority has said the air quality will continue to get better.


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