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Warmth to replace wintry chill

WINTER has not quite arrived in Shanghai yet, as warmer, wet weather is predicted this week, following a chilly snap in recent days.

Following a chilly morning yesterday, with mercury dipping below 5 degrees Celsius in most areas, the city should be warm up again with the return of southern air currents, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau yesterday.

The low this week should bounce back to around 10 degrees Celsius while the high could even reach 18, according to the five-day forecast issued by the bureau.

However, the sunshine that accompanied the cold is also set to depart, with cloud and rain predicted over the next three days, the bureau said.

Today is forecast cloudy with drizzle, and the readings should range from a low of 9 degrees Celsius to a high of 15.

Tomorrow should be overcast and partly drizzly, with the low 13 degrees and the high 16 degrees.

"Warm, humid currents from the southwest should strengthen again next week and the city's temperature should consequently climb back," said Kong Chunyan, a chief service officer of the bureau.

Rising temperatures today could delay the city entering winter.

According to the country's season standard, a meteorological winter is announced when the average temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days following the solar term lidong - usually around November 7.

The first of the five days in the spell is considered the beginning of winter.

By yesterday, the city's average temperature had been below 10 for four consecutive days, but today's average should be above 10.

Last month, Shanghai recorded the warmest November in the past decade, with the average temperature standing 2 degrees higher than in previous years.

The reading reached 26 degrees Celsius before it plummeted to almost zero last week.

The next cold front should arrive around Friday, sending temperatures plunging again, according to the bureau.


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