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Unsettled winter ahead

TEMPERATURES are expected to fluctuate dramatically this winter compared with previous ones, weather experts said yesterday.

Although winter has not yet arrived in Shanghai, Shen Yu, senior engineer of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, made the prediction yesterday.

"Chances are high that the city will experience some strong cold fronts this winter," Shen told reporters.

Locals might experience some extremes in temperatures due to the interaction of warm airstreams from the ocean and cold fronts from the Arctic.

"There could be some extremely low temperatures at some points, but the average of the whole winter may not be necessarily lower than normal," Shen remarked. "It isn't likely that the weather will be cold throughout the whole winter."

But Shen also said it was still too early to predict whether this coming winter should be a comparatively warm one or cold one.

The latest temperature fluctuation seemed to support the engineer's prediction.

Under the impact of a recent strong cold front, the minimum temperature dropped to 9.3 degrees Celsius yesterday, the lowest in October in 14 years.

However, temperatures should bounce back soon according to the bureau's forecast.

The weather over the next five days is expected to be fine with temperatures climbing to nearly 20 degrees at the weekend.


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