People enjoy the sunny weather at downtown Jing'an Sculputure Park yesterday. Shanghai has officially entered spring, albeit belatedly by meteorological reckoning. And now is a good time to see the blossom and flowers. (Jiang Xiaowei)
The last time spring was this late was in 2011.
Shanghai Meteorological Bureau announced yesterday that the city had recorded five days of daily average temperatures higher than 10 degrees Celsius, marking an end to the 122-day winter and making last Saturday the first day of spring.
Over the past 10 years, spring has twice arrived in late March — the 26th in 2011 and the 24th in 2012. Last year spring fell on February 9.
But for a late spring, 1925 holds the modern record. It began on April 15 that year, the latest date that spring began since Shanghai started keeping meteorological records in 1873.
While spring is officially here, forecasters warn there is no end in sight to the temperature roller coaster — especially regarding the big changes in temperatures between day and night.
The collision between cold and warm fronts will bring intermittent showers and keep today's top temperature down to 14 degrees.
The mercury is expected to climb again over the weekend, with Sunday basking in a high of 20 degrees.
Cloudy weather is forecast for the three-day Qingming Festival, from Sunday to Tuesday. Tomb sweepers are advised to bring their coats as morning temperatures could be as low as 8 degrees.
The popular Yoshino cherry is forecast to reach peak blossom at Shanghai Botanical Garden next week. Cole flowers will brighten up in the newly created Guangfulin Countryside Park in Songjiang District and Dongtan Wetland in the Chongming Island.
Magnolia blossoms are in season at Chenshan Botanic Garden in Songjiang,