Shanghai on roller coaster weather conditions

There will be some relief from the freezing weather with forecasters suggesting that the temperatures this week will climb to as high as 15 degrees Celsius.
Shanghai on roller coaster weather conditions
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Visitors take pictures of wintersweet trees which are in full bloom at Guilin Park in Xuhui District yesterday.

Shanghai is to ride a weather roller coaster this week, waving goodbye to freezing chills and bracing for mild, yet wet conditions.

Sub-zero temperatures first started looming over Shanghai last Tuesday. On Saturday, the low temperature dropped to minus 2 degrees Celsius in downtown Xujiahui area and minus 9 degrees in Jinshan — the lowest recorded at the district since 2000, forecasters said.

The mild weather set in starting from yesterday. Morning temperature rose to nearly 3 degrees in Xujiahui, and climbed to a high of 12 degrees, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. 

Temperature is forecast to fluctuate between 6 and 15 degrees today. However, the city will get wet, with occasional drizzles.

Tomorrow is set to be rainy, with the low temperature climbing to 10 degrees and the high to 15 degrees. Drizzle will subdue late Wednesday, with temperature ranging between 8 and 12 degrees, forecasters said. Cloudy weather is forecast for Thursday. But rain will return on Friday. Temperature will vary between 6 and 10 degrees.

Air quality will be fine today, but there will be light pollution tomorrow and Wednesday, with PM2.5 being the main pollutants, according to the city’s environmental monitor center.

The city is going through the coldest period of the year. January 5 marked xiaohan, the beginning of the coldest period in winter, under the lunar calendar. This period is traditionally believed to come to an end after dahan, or great cold, which falls on January 20.

Dramatic changes in temperature kept the city’s hospitals very busy.

To guard against the freezing weather, many people resorted to hot water bags, but they caused injuries. Ruijin Hospital said it received 237 patients who suffered various degrees of burns last Monday, with 76 of them with injuries since they used the hot water bags for extended period of time.

Doctors said the water temperatures at 40 to 60 degrees Celsius may make people feel warm and comfortable, but long-time use of them at such temperatures can affect blood circulation and cause low-degree burns. 

Doctors warn people of rapidly changing weather and advise them to remain cautious to avoid getting cold.

Shanghai on roller coaster weather conditions
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A young mother feeds her child under winter sunshine at Guilin Park. 

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