Shanghai Issues 1st Red Warning Signal of Fog

09:03, November 27, 2009      

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The photo taken on Nov. 25, 2009 shows the Pudong area and the Huangpu River shrouded in heavy fog in Shanghai, east China. (Xinhua Photo)

Fog that engulfed Shanghai on Wednesday worsened Thursday morning, causing travel disruptions, particularly to the city's major international airport.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow fog alert on Wednesday night and upgraded it to red, the highest of the three-level system, at 3:16am on Thursday, warning that visibility was limited to 50 meters.

The alert was lifted at 7:16am when the fog started to clear as the temperature rose.

The fog is expected to blanket the city again this morning, according to the weather bureau.

"A weak cold front will hit the city this weekend and there shouldn't be such dense fog tomorrow," said Li Jinyu, chief service officer of the weather bureau.

About 3,500 passengers were stranded at the Pudong International Airport as two flights were cancelled, 21 delayed and 11 diverted to the city's Hongqiao airport and other provinces.

Some international flights had to circle above the airport until 9am, Pudong immigration authorities said.

Roads closed

The Hongqiao airport had 20 flights delayed and the fog there was not as heavy as in Pudong, the authorities said.

Ten city expressways, including the newly opened Changjiang bridge and tunnel linking the city's two islands, were shut to traffic Thursday morning.

Traffic on these roads resumed normal operations by 10am, the city's highway administration said.

Shanghai's inter-provincial coach stations cancelled 60 services on Thursday and other 170 were delayed.

Routes to neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces were among the most affected, authorities said.

The fog also held up more than 90 vessels, both domestic and from abroad, from docking in the city's ports.

The weather should be cloudy on Friday with temperature at a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 16.

The brief but welcome respite from the cold would end tomorrow, Li said.

Tomorrow is forecast to be cloudy and drizzly, with temperatures dropping to a range of between 8 and 13 degrees.

Source: Shanghai Daily
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