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Warmest autumn in 10 years

SHANGHAI is experiencing its warmest autumn in a decade, according to the city's weather authority, but that should end this week with the arrival of rains brought by the latest cold front.

Temperatures hit 22.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

Today should be cloudy with readings between 15 to 22 degrees and, from tomorrow, a cold front should start to influence the city, bringing with it frequent showers.

Temperatures on Wednesday should range from a low of 12 degrees to a high of 14 and should fall further on Thursday and Friday to 8 to 11 degrees.

By yesterday, the average temperature this month had reached 16.8 degrees Celsius, two degrees higher than in the same period over the past 10 years, the weather bureau said.

The warmth has caused unusual phenomena such as the blossoming of osmanthus flowers and the appearance of whiteflies, which are usually only seen in the summer months.

Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the bureau, said this month was warmer than usual because of the warm ocean current and a strong subtropical area of high pressure.

Many other cities around the country also reported warmer conditions this month, the National Climate Center of China said. The center said the country's average temperature was 0.9 degrees Celsius higher since autumn began while average rainfall was 7 percent lower than in previous years.

Meanwhile, Shanghai's city health department said scarlet fever, which usually affects children from two to 10 years old, had been increasing since October due to the weather.

Scarlet fever breaks out every five to seven years, experts said, but so far the situation is under control.


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