Shanghai is still waiting for winter to arrive

The latest round of cool weather, the strongest cold snap so far in the latter half of the year, is near its end. This week is set to be cloudy with intermittent drizzle.
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A woman takes photos of fallen leaves in Shanghai on Sunday, after the city’s coldest morning since June. 

Think Sunday was cold? It was the coldest morning since June — but winter it wasn't.

Winter arrives when the average temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days. The first day of the five is regarded as the beginning of the new season.

At 7am on Sunday, the temperature in downtown Xujiahui area was recorded at 5.4 degrees Celsius, and it was only 2.1 degrees on Chongming Island. Even the high of the day just hovered around 11 degrees, according to Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

This round of cool weather, the strongest cold snap so far in the latter half of the year, is near its end, forecasters say. This week is set to be cloudy with intermittent drizzle, and the mercury will climb at the start of the week. 

The high will rise to 13 degrees on Monday and 14 degrees on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the low will return to 10 degrees. Thursday is set to have a break from rain, but the low will fall to 7 degrees, forecasters said.

Shanghai usually enters winter in early December. Last year, winter came earlier, beginning on November 23. 

Air quality will be fine on Monday and Tuesday. Residents are warned of the possible light pollution from the hazardous to health PM2.5 on Wednesday.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE
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