Rain and gales with high risk of flu

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Vi­ola Ke daxue

THE city is near­ing win­ter with the tem­per­a­ture ex­pected to drop by 6 to 8 de­grees Cel­sius this week, fall­ing to around 1 to 2 de­grees in the sub­urbs at the week­end.

Hit by the first wave of cold air yes­ter­day, un­der over­cast skies with rain and strong winds, the city is un­likely to see the sun dur­ing the next five to seven days.

Cool air blown in from the north has low­ered av­er­age tem­per­a­tures to 2 de­grees be­low nor­mal. From to­mor­row, there will be another sig­nif­i­cant drop in tem­per­a­tures ac­com­pa­nied by gales.

To­day, the tem­per­a­ture will fluc­tu­ate be­tween 11 and 13 de­grees in down­town Xu­ji­ahui, cloudy at first and turn­ing to rain later. To­mor­row the low will slip to un­der 10 de­grees amid heavy rain. Fri­day will be colder, but not so wet.

The week­end will be mis­er­able; cold and driz­zly with lows around 1 to 4 de­grees.

Fri­day is the be­gin­ning of the (heavy snow) so­lar term, the 21st of the 24 in the tra­di­tional Chi­nese cal­en­dar. It is un­likely that there will be snow, but the low­est tem­per­a­tures could ap­proach zero.

If tem­per­a­tures stay low, it is likely that Fri­day will be the first of­fi­cial day of win­ter — sig­ni­fied by the av­er­age tem­per­a­tures be­low 10 de­grees for five con­sec­u­tive days.

As the weather turns damp and chilly, the flu virus is said to be­come more ac­tive.

The lo­cal dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol cen­ter warns that frail or in­firm peo­ple are more likely to get flu than the oth­ers.

En­joy­ing the rain at Liyuan Park yes­ter­day. — Jiang Xiaowei

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