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Sidewalks to be graced by fallen leaves
By Ke Jiayun

Fallen leaves make for a good picture, or so the Xuhui District officials would have us believe after telling the street sanitation workers on Wukang and Yuqing roads to keep the streets lined up with the leaves.

The unusual experiment, which starts tomorrow, will last for the next two weeks. The two roads are lined with  luxuriant, aged plane trees on both sides.

“It is our attempt to provide residents with a scenery of a streetscape and fallen leaves,” said Liu Dejia, an official with Xuhui District Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau. “Whether we should continue with it or not depends on people’s response to it.”

Liu said the sanitation workers have been asked to clean the fallen leaves at dusk and only pick up wastes, such as napkins and plastic bags, in the morning and afternoon.

Similar measures are also being adopted at other places such as Guyi Garden, Century Park, Binjiang Forest Park and Shanghai Botanical Garden.

Mercury to hover in negative territory today

THE mercury is expected to drop to its lowest today, thanks to the cold wave, but will rise  early next week, forecasters said yesterday.

Qingpu District recorded a low of zero degrees in the morning yesterday, while temperatures in other districts hovered between 1 to 2 degrees Celsius.

The chilly and dry conditions are likely to continue today with lows of minus 3 to minus 1 in suburban Shanghai.

The temperature downtown will be around 1 degree.

But in the following days the mercury will see an upward trend with a mix of sun and clouds, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Starting tomorrow, highs will bounce back, climbing up to 17 degrees next Tuesday.

“Whether we can announce the arrival of the meteorological winter this week is still uncertain,” said Man Liping of the meteorological bureau.

“The official winter arrival requires an average daily temperature of lower than 10 degrees for five consecutive days, but the mercury on the fifth day, next Monday, is expected to be  between 6 to 16 degrees, which makes its average above 10.”

She forecasted a pleasant weather despite the chill on Sunday morning when the 2013 Shanghai International Marathon will be held along the west side of the Huangpu River.

“Skies will be sunny but a 4-degree low is expected in the morning.

“Attendants should keep themselves warm,” she said.

The air was better yesterday as the cold wave cleared away the particles, which were blamed for the polluted days that started from Monday.

An AQI of 68 was reported at 5pm — an acceptable air quality. The density of both PM2.5 and PM10 particles were well under the nation’s limit yesterday.

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