Some students left in the cold as temperatures drop

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 12:00am

Yesterday's cold snap killed a police sergeant in Ma On Shan and sent students shivering throughout Hong Kong. While most schools are still busy with exams, students complain about being forced to wear unsuitable school uniforms and sit in classrooms without heating.

The mercury dipped as much as 5 degrees Celsius overnight as a winter monsoon hit southern mainland and a rain band added to Hong Kong's misery.

Temperatures in the city plunged to around 7 degrees Celsius overnight on Tuesday while the thermometer read as low as 3.9 C at Ngong Ping yesterday morning, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

'As girls' uniforms have to be dresses, we're freezing!' Nola Yip from Belilios Public School in Tin Hau said. 'Luckily, our school allows us to wear jackets or trousers.'

Ella Chan from Chinese International School perched atop Braemar Hill said although it was freezing cold outside, the classrooms were relatively warm because heaters had been installed.

Ken Cheung from YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, which is located in Tung Chung, was not doing as well.

Ken said his school jacket was thin like a piece of newspaper wrapped around his body. 'When we were taking our exams, our hands were shaking and our bodies were shaking. You can probably imagine what it's been like for me and my classmates the last few days.'

The cold weather warning has been issued for the eighth consecutive week.

Temperatures are expected to gradually rise over the next two days to 11 to 17 C. But the thermometer will plummet again to 10 C or below on Sunday.

For those who wish to throw post-exams parties, seize the chance these few days before the shivering weather returns.