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Sunny week after fog blights ships

WARM and sunny weather will be back in the city for most of the week, after the terrible fog that hit the city over the weekend, causing problems for the city's water traffic.

The maximum temperature will range between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius from today until Friday, with lows between 9 and 12 degrees, forecast the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau yesterday.

Cloudy and sunny weather will come and go for most of the week, forecasters said.

Hundreds of vessels were stranded in the Yangtze River mouth by heavy fog on Saturday, but started to move again yesterday afternoon, Shanghai port police said.

Low visibility in the river mouth caused by heavy fog brought water traffic to a standstill from noon on Saturday, causing more than 100 international ships to be delayed or cancel their exit or entry plans at Wusong, Waigaoqiao and Yangshan ports.

Docking time

Vessels had to anchor in the river mouth or in Wusong area to wait for the fog to lift, according to the Wusong port police.

Heavy fog hampered a Panamanian ship at Zhang-huabang Port. Its original docking time was 11am on Saturday, but this was postponed to 11:30pm.

Its docking time was then postponed again and the ship finally came in around 12:30pm, more than 24 hours after it was due.

Port police said at least 20 other ships had the same experience as the Panamanian one, needing to reschedule their docking time twice due to the fog's strong lingering influence.

Ports and vessels passing the city suffered greatly from fog earlier this year, brought on by higher-than-average rainfall in January and February, causing ship movements to be shut down six times.

Port officials said they never expected fog to return to cloud the city in early April, saying most of the fog has usually left the city by March.


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