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Warmer weather ... and insects awaken

SHANGHAI should get warmer this week as the sky clears and sunshine returns, forecasters said yesterday.

A high of 14 degrees Celsius is expected tomorrow and it should be even warmer by the weekend. Low temperatures will remain stable at about 5 degrees, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

A cold front was responsible for yesterday's drizzle and it brought dense fog to some areas of the city.

The rain, which began about 8pm on Saturday, was not heavy yesterday but the humidity caused mist and low visibility in many parts of the city. Visibility was down to 150 meters in the Xiaoyangshan area, the bureau said, but no traffic problems were reported.

Today should be overcast and cloudy with temperatures ranging between 4 and 10 degrees.

Yesterday was jingzhe or insects awaken, the third of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, when the weather should start to get warmer with the imminent arrival of spring.

In Chinese folklore, rain and thunder should appear around jingzhe to awaken hibernating insects and welcome spring. Officially, however, spring will arrive after the average temperature has been above 10 degrees for five consecutive days.


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