First sign of spring has HK hidden in fog

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 March, 1998, 12:00am

Spring is here - that was the weather forecasters' best explanation for the thick grey murk which blanketed the SAR from the Peak downwards yesterday.

Usual family activities became expeditions into the unknown as swirling fog cut visibility to just a few metres.

Warm, wet air from the south was to blame for the 'grey-out', according to Kwok Yuen-ha, scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory. The arrival of a maritime airstream was an indicator of spring and was common from late February to early May, she said.

'The airstream blowing from the South China Sea usually contains moisture and brings a humid climate to Hong Kong.' Visibility dropped to just 200 metres in Victoria Harbour in the early morning.

More fog is predicted for today, but the El Nino phenomenon which has become the scapegoat for freak weather all over the world, was not the reason, Ms Kwok said.

Marine Police rescued a 65-year-old woman who fell into the water off Ap Lei Chau at about 1 pm when a fishing vessel and the sampan she was travelling in collided, sinking the small boat. She was taken to Queen Mary Hospital for observation.