Temperatures plunge as cold front hits city

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am

Temperatures were expected to plunge by more than 10 degrees Celsius overnight as a cold front hit Hong Kong.

The temperature reached 24 degrees Celsius at one point yesterday, but was expected to drop to 11 degrees by early this morning. The cold weather with a few rain patches is likely to persist over the next couple of days.

The temperature is forecast to range between 11 and 15 degrees Celsius today and tomorrow, but it will be a few degrees lower in the New Territories, according to the Observatory.

A cold weather warning was issued shortly after 4pm yesterday and is expected to be in force until tomorrow.

The weather was cloudy and misty with moderate easterly winds yesterday, but the Observatory said winds from the north strengthened during the course of the day, causing the temperature to plunge drastically.

'The huge temperature difference is caused by a cold front over inland Guangdong moving southwards gradually,' said Tai Sai-choi, a scientific officer at the Observatory. 'The associated intense northeast monsoon reached the coastal areas in the evening and [the] temperature therefore began falling.

'Though the weather was quite cloudy and foggy on Sunday, the stronger winds will help clear the sky and improve visibility.'

The weather will be warmer on Wednesday, with the temperature up to 18 degrees. The thermometer will continue to edge up later in the week with a maximum of 24 degrees forecast for Saturday.