By Yuzhou Hu
Compared with the past few weeks, the weather seems to have dried up, which may be a sign that spring is finally coming, reports NetEase.
Yesterday marked Jingzhe, a meteorological term from the Chinese lunar calendar. Literally translated to 'awakening of hibernating insects,' the term is used to indicate that the weather will become warmer and the vernal season won’t be far away.
On the basis of statistics from the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, spring is usually sprung on the city in the middle of March. Last year, the arrival of spring took place on March 11. That being said, extreme circumstances also exist. For instance, back in 2016, Shanghai welcomed spring as early as February 9 due to a sudden rise in temperatures.
If the city is to embrace spring next week, the average temperature during daytime has to exceed 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) for five consecutive days (the meteorological definition of spring). According to next week’s weather forecast, like it might actually happen.
Today is partly cloudy. In some areas of Shanghai, civilians can even spot the sun. Apart from rainfall predicted for Saturday, the rest of the week, as well as next week, will have pleasant weather. Here's a glimpse of the forecast for the upcoming days:
Image via The Weather Channel
Although it's still unclear whether we can wave goodbye to the wettest winter in history next week, the atmosphere of spring can already be felt across the city as cherry blossoms, harbinger of spring, have graced the city. If you want to check them out you can attend Gucun Park's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be held next Friday.
[Cover image via 上海发布/Weibo]
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