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Big chill warning goes out for the city and farmers
(12/04/2008)
  • The Shanghai Agricultural Commission yesterday warned farmers to prepare for a cold front, with temperatures predicted to drop by as much as 10 degrees Celsius from today. The commission warned that the low temperatures could damage crops and also forecast strong winds that could damage farm buildings. The commission suggested farmers cover seedlings and vegetables in open fields and harvest vegetables before the full force of the cold front arrives. The harshest cold wave of this autumn will hit the city today. The temperature will plunge by 8 to 10 degrees from yesterday's 19 degrees, weathermen said. The minimum temperature is forecast to drop early on Saturday to zero degrees in the downtown area and even lower in the suburbs, forecasters said. The minimum temperature tomorrow will be 1 to 3 degrees. The cold front's influence will last at least to Sunday, said the bureau. The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a blue cold wave alert at 5pm yesterday, the lowest of the four-scale alert system. The alert means the mercury will plunge by more than 8 degrees within 48 hours, and the minimum temperature will be below 4 degrees. This is the city's first cold wave alert since last winter. The sudden drop in temperature began affecting most of the country yesterday. The National Meteorological Center issued an orange cold wave alert yesterday, the second most serious alert. Gales are forecast to hit northern China as well as the Huanghe and Huaihe Valley. Snowstorms will strike northeastern China, with sandstorms forecast for northwestern China, said the center. Fog spread over some local suburbs yesterday morning, disturbing flight schedules at Pudong International Airport. Six flights scheduled to land at Shanghai Pudong International Airport were rerouted to Hongqiao Airport yesterday morning because visibility was restricted to between 60 and 100 meters. The sudden drop in temperature began affecting most of the country yesterday. The National Meteorological Center issued an orange cold wave alert yesterday, the second most serious alert. Gales are forecast to hit northern China as well as the Huanghe and Huaihe Valley. Snowstorms will strike northeastern China, with sandstorms forecast for northwestern China, said the center. Fog spread over some local suburbs yesterday morning, disturbing flight schedules at Pudong International Airport. Six flights scheduled to land at Shanghai Pudong International Airport were rerouted to Hongqiao Airport yesterday morning because visibility was restricted to between 60 and 100 meters.