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Brace for rain, chill during festive period
By Ke Jiayun

IF you made plans to roam the city during the Spring Festival holiday, the umbrellas may come in handy.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday that it would rain during the Chinese New Year holiday with the highs dropping to low teens.

However, residents heading out to celebrate the Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 18 need not worry as it was likely to remain dry.

The first day of the Year of the Sheep on February 19 is also expected to be dry, although there may be some concerns over fog and smog.

The smoggy and polluted conditions are expected to be washed away by rains, which are expected late on Friday, because of increasing warm moisture.

The wet days will last until early next week.


Highs during the Spring Festival will range from 11 to 14 degrees. The maximum 14 degrees is expected to occur on Saturday, while the festival’s first day (Thursday) and the end (next Tuesday) will see a high of 11.

The lows will fluctuate between 3 and 4 degrees between Wednesday and Friday. It will climb to 7 to 9 degrees from Saturday till next Tuesday.

A weak cold front kept moving southwards, bringing with it particles and raising the air quality index to its peak at 185 at 11am yesterday. The concentration of PM2.5 hit 140 micrograms per cubic meter — nearly six times the World Health Organization’s safety guideline. The pollution level was marked as moderately polluted.

The air quality will get better but some light pollution will exist, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said.


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