Even the most hardy of Hangzhou dwellers might find it wise to slip on a warm vest, woolly jumper or quilted coat before leaving the house over the coming days, as the mercury is set to plummet by around 10 degrees Celsius.
The expected big chill is a result of a strong cold front heading into the city from northern China, the Hangzhou Meteorological Bureau said yesterday as it issued a level-blue cold weather warning.
Today’s high is unlikely to make it to double digits, though that will be balmy compared with the predicted slide to 3 degrees tomorrow and further downwards into freezing point on Friday.
The good news is that the arrival of the cold will mean an end to the rain — the month through Monday was the second wettest for Zhejiang province since 1949, the forecasters said.
The average sunshine duration for Zhejiang was only 32 hours, a third of average for the period, and it was also the shortest since liberation, they added.
Saturday is likely to be slightly warmer, though the mercury is not expected to rise much above 6 degrees Celsius.
As well as freezing car engines and human bodies, the arrival of the cold snap will bring relief to the statisticians at the weather bureau who have long been champing at the bit to announce the official start of winter.
As the average mercury is very likely to be below 10 degrees from today through November 29, so the start of winter should be today, said the bureau.
Sunshine will be back to the city from today through Saturday, and gale is expected to arrive at the same time. From Sunday the continuous rain would return again and is expected to stay for days.
Source: Hangzhou International Center