Icy northerlies bring cold snap

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am

Northerly winds are about to bring the winter's first really cold spell. With the mercury expected to drop below 10 degrees Celsius in the New Territories today, the Observatory has issued the cold weather warning, the earliest it has done so since the alert system was launched in 1999.

Temperatures would drop to 12 degrees Celsius today in Tsim Sha Tsui, and 'a few degrees lower' in the New Territories, it said.

The spell would persist for the rest of the week, with an average temperature of 13 to 14 degrees in the morning and stay below 20 in the afternoon, senior scientific officer Chan Chik-cheung said. A strong northeast monsoon heading south sent the mercury down to a low of 13 in the New Territories yesterday.

However, it will get warmer at the weekend and early next week when temperatures are expected to rise to above 20 degrees in the afternoon.

The Home Affairs Department opened nine temporary shelters last night for the homeless.