December 18, 2023
HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Observatory issued a cold weather warning on Sunday morning as parts of the city saw temperatures drop to 9.5 degrees Celsius and even lower in the New Territories.
According to the Observatory, Kowloon City saw the mercury drop to 9.5 C, 9.8 C in Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley, and 11 C in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island.
“As it is rather windy in parts of the territory, wind chill effect will be significant. The temperature felt by body will be lower than the actual air temperature. Prolonged exposure to wintry winds may lead to hypothermia,” the HKO said.
In the New Territories, Ta Kwu Ling registered a low of 8.1 degrees, while both Tai Lung and Sheung Shui recorded 8.6 C.
Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest peak, saw a low of 3.6 C; 4.4 C at Ngong Ping; and 5 C at Tait’s Cairn.
The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health reminded the public, particularly the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to adopt appropriate measures to protect their health in view of the cold weather.
“Elderly people have less insulating fat beneath their skin to keep them warm and their body temperature control mechanism may be weaker. Their body may not be able to appropriately respond to the cold weather,” a spokesman for the CHP said.
The HKO said the weather on Sunday will be mainly cloudy and dry, with bright periods in the afternoon. Temperatures will range from 11 to 15 C before going up slightly to 14 to 18 C on Monday.