The wet condition is likely to be long-lived and be with us for another week under the effect of some active warm moisture and cold air from the north, forecasters said.
Next week there will be mainly overcast and drizzly days with temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. The major rainfall during this round of wetness will occur on Wednesday and Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday the mercury will linger between 5 to 9 degrees. A slight mercury drop is expected on Wednesday with the high falling to 7 degrees. But it will soon jump up to 10 degrees on Thursday.
From January 5, Shanghai entered solar term Xiaohan, or slight cold, which indicates the start of the coldest period of a year and more rainy or snowy days ahead. Following it there will be solar term Dahan, or great cold, meaning the chilliest part of “sanjiu” days are coming.
However, according to the weather bureau, although Dahan often sees lower average temperatures, Xiaohan period may have more extreme low mercury readings.