Outlook fine for weather forecasting

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 12:00am

Science officers Woo Wang-chun, (left), Pan Chi-kin and Li Yuet-sim yesterday put the Hong Kong Observatory's new weather forecasting system through its paces. The new system extends the five-day forecasts to seven days, allowing the public more time to plan the week ahead. The Observatory's new service will provide information on wind direction, wind speed, weather conditions, temperatures and relative humidity. Under the new service, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Observatory's computer division, forecasts will be issued daily at 11.30am and 4.30pm. Yeung Kai-hing, the Observatory's acting director, said improvements in computer power and storage capacity enabled the forecast period to be extended.